Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations

“Meet the economic gangster. He’s the United Nations diplomat who double-parks his Mercedes on New York City streets at rush hour because the cops can’t touch him–he has diplomatic immunity. He’s the Chinese smuggler who dodges tariffs by magically transforming frozen chickens into frozen turkeys. The dictator, the warlord, the unscrupulous bureaucrat who bilks the developing world of billions in aid. The calculating crook who views stealing and murder as just another part of his business strategy. And, in the wrong set of circumstances, he might just be you…” [Publisher’s Website]

Interview by Edward Miguel, Octomber 2008.

Interview by Raymond Fisman, Nov 2008.

Reviews / Comments

Book Review by Dean Yang in Journal of Economic Literature, 49(3), September 2011.

Book Review by Charles Crawford in British Politics and Policy at LSE Blog, March 2011.

Book Review by Tarcisius Mukuka in Development in Practice, 19(6), July 2009.

Book Reviewby Raghav Gaiha in Development and Change, 40(3), May 2009.

Book Review by David A. Savage in Economic Analysis & Policy, 39(1), MARCH 2009.

Book Reviewby Susanne Karstedt in Times Higher Education, February 2009.

Book Review by Steven Poole in The Guardian, November 2008.


One Economics, Many Recipes: Globalization, Institutions, and Economic Growth

“In One Economics, Many Recipes, leading economist Dani Rodrik argues that neither globalizers nor antiglobalizers have got it right. While economic globalization can be a boon for countries that are trying to dig out of poverty, success usually requires following policies that are tailored to local economic and political realities rather than obeying the dictates of the international globalization establishment. A definitive statement of Rodrik’s original and influential perspective on economic growth and globalization, One Economics, Many Recipes shows how successful countries craft their own unique strategies–and what other countries can learn from them…” [Publisher ‘s Book Website]

Author’s Interview, IMF, November 2007.

Reviews / Comments

Book review by Mukti Upadhyay in Journal of International and Global Studies, 1(2), April 2010.

Book review by Andrés Rodríguez-Clare in Journal of International Economics, 77(1), February 2009. [Earlier version]

Book review by Jonathan Temple in The Economic Journal 119(535), February 2009.

Book Review by Robert C. Feenstra in The Economic Journal, 119(535), February 2009.

Book review by Declan Trott in Agenda, 15(1), November 2008.

Book review by Robert E. Baldwin, World Trade Review, 7(3), July 2008.

Book review by Christian Kellermann, Rezensionen/Book Reviews, April 2008.

Book review by Richard N. Cooper in Foreign Affairs, March/April 2008.

A Crooked Timber Seminar on Dani Rodrik’s Book edited by Henry Farrell, 2007.

Book review by Piaw Na in Piaw’s Blog, December 2007.

A discussion of Dani Rodrik’s book by Gregory Sanders, November 2007.

Pillars of Prosperity: The Political Economics of Development Clusters

“Little else is required to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism, but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice; all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things.” So wrote Adam Smith a quarter of a millennium ago. Using the tools of modern political economics and combining economic theory with a bird’s-eye view of the data, this book reinterprets Smith’s pillars of prosperity to explain the existence of development clusters–places that tend to combine effective state institutions, the absence of political violence, and high per-capita incomes…” [Publisher’s Book Webpage]

Authors’ Book website

Reviews / Comments

Book review by Moses K. Kihiko in Progress in Development Studies, 13(2), April 2013.

Book review by Tuuli Ylinen in Journal of International Development, 25(3), April 2013.

Book review by Bentley MacLeod in Journal of Economic Literature, 51(1), March 2013. [Earlier version]

Book Review by Colin Jennings in European Journal of Political Economy, 29, March 2013.

Book Review by Claudia Williamson in Public Choice, 153 (1/2), October 2012.

Book Review by Daniel W. Bromley in American Journal of Agricultural Economics, November 2011.

Talk notes for LSE Book Launch by Robert H. Wade, November 2011.

“Building an effective state” by The Enlightened Economist, October 2011.

Behind the Scenes at the WTO: The Real World of International Trade Negotiations

<style=”font-size: 14px;”>”World hunger, jobs, the overall economic prospects of developing and developed countries alike are all being shaped more and more by the international negotiations about trade, agriculture, services, investment and intellectual property rights going on at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Based on interviews with people actually participating in the negotiations, this remarkable book lifts the shroud of secrecy surrounding these ostensibly democratic negotiations…”[Publisher’s Book Website]

Reviews / Comments

Book review by Robert Staiger in Journal of Economic Literature, 44(2), June 2006. [Earlier version]

The High Stakes of WTO Reform by James Thuo Gathii in Michigan Law Review, 104(6), May 2006.

Book review by Bobby Tuazon in Bulatlat, IV(1),February 2004.

Book review by Gerard Downes in International Affairs, 80(4), September 2004.

Book review by Jeremy Agar in Foreign Control Watchdog, 104, December 2003.

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

“Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are?

Simply, no. None of these factors is either definitive or destiny. Otherwise, how to explain why Botswana has become one of the fastest growing countries in the world, while other African nations, such as Zimbabwe, the Congo, and Sierra Leone, are mired in poverty and violence?…” [Publisher’s book website]

Author’s Book Website 

Author’s Interview, The Economist, March 2012.

Reviews / Comments 

Book review by Bill Gates, February 2013.
(Authors Reply, March 2013 )

Book review by Duncan Green in The World Bank Group, December 2012.

Government, Geography, and Growth by Jeffrey Sachs in Foreign Affairs, October 2012.
(Authors Reply, November 2012)

Which Nations Failed? by Arvind Subramanian in The American Interest, October 2012.
(Authors Reply, November 2012)

Book review by Michele Boldrin, David K. Levine and Salvatore Modica, September 2012.

Book review by Junet Hunter in LSE Blogs, EUROPP, August 2012.

What Makes Countries Rich or Poor? by Jared Diamond in The New York Review of Books, June 2012.
(Authors Reply, August 2012)

Book review by Peter Coy in Bloomberg Businessweek, April 2012.

Book review by Warren Bass in The Washington Post, April 2012.

Book review by Nancy Birdsall in IMF, March 2012

The Big Why by The Economist, March 2012.

The Povetry of Nations by Dalibor Rohac in The Wall Street Journal, March 2012.

The Roots of Hardship by William Easterly in The Wall Street Journal, March 2012.

Book review by Paul Collier in The Observer March 2012.

The Wealth of Nations by Martin Wolf in The Financial Times, March 2012.