The Plundered Planet Why We Must--and How We Can--Manage Nature for Global Prosperity

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  • Copyright: 11/1/2011
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Paul Collier'sThe Bottom Billionwas greeted as groundbreaking when it appeared in 2007, winning the Estoril Distinguished Book Prize, the Arthur Ross Book Award, and the Lionel Gelber Prize. Now, inThe Plundered Planet, Collier builds upon his renowned work on developing countries and the world's poorest populations to confront the global mismanagement of natural resources. Proper stewardship of natural assets and liabilities is a matter of planetary urgency: natural resources have the potential either to transform the poorest countries or to tear them apart, while the carbon emissions and agricultural follies of the developed world could further impoverish them.The Plundered Planetcharts a course between unchecked profiteering on the one hand and environmental romanticism on the other to offer realistic and sustainable solutions to dauntingly complex issues. Grounded in a belief in the power of informed citizens, Collier proposes a series of international standards that would help poor countries rich in natural assets better manage those resources, policy changes that would raise world food supply, and a clear-headed approach to climate change that acknowledges the benefits of industrialization while addressing the need for alternatives to carbon trading. Revealing how all of these forces interconnect,The Plundered Planetcharts a way forward to avoid the mismanagement of the natural world that threatens our future. "In this path-breaking book, Paul Collier develops one of the most fascinating subjects he touched on inThe Bottom Billion--the resource curse. It will be of great interest to all those who are concerned about the future of our civilization." --George Soros "Paul Collier has written with great insight about the prospects of the bottom billion. InThe Plundered Planet, he addresses himself to the complex opportunities, challenges and risks in managing the planet's natural resources. The bottom billion have a huge stake and an important role in the outcomes. Collier helps us see these issues through their eyes." --Michael Spence, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics

Author Biography

Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University and a former director of Development Research at the World Bank. In addition to the award-winning The Bottom Billion, he is the author of Wars, Guns, and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
The Ethics of Nature
Poverty and Plunderp. 3
Is Nature Priceless?p. 15
Nature as Asset
Cursed by Nature? The Politics of Natural Assetsp. 37
Discovering Natural Assetsp. 63
Capturing Natural Assetsp. 79
Selling the Family Silverp. 97
Investing in Investingp. 127
Nature as a Factory
Is a Fish a Natural Asset?p. 153
Natural Liabilitiesp. 173
Nature Misunderstood
Nature and Hungerp. 207
Natural Order
Restoring Natural Orderp. 229
A Note on Sourcesp. 245
Indexp. 249
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