Getting Better

Getting Better

Why Global Development Is Succeeding : and How We Can Improve the World Even More

Book - 2011
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As the income gap between developed and developing nations grows, so grows the cacophony of voices claiming that the quest to find a simple recipe for economic growth has failed. Getting Better , in sharp contrast, reports the good news about global progress. Economist Charles Kenny argues against development naysayers by pointing to the evidence of widespread improvements in health, education, peace, liberty--and even happiness.

Kenny shows how the spread of cheap technologies, such as vaccines and bed nets, and ideas, such as political rights, has transformed the world. He also shows that by understanding this transformation, we can make the world an even better place to live.

That's not to say that life is grand for everyone, or that we don't have a long way to go. But improvements have spread far, and, according to Kenny, they can spread even further.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9780465020157
0465020151
Branch Call Number: 306/KENNY
Characteristics: x, 246 p. ; 22 cm.

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Karen5Lund Oct 21, 2011

Encouraging! Kenny makes the case that "development" in the broader sense does not have to mean rising GDP or personal income. New technologies (in the broadest sense of the word) are improving health care, life expectancy, infant and child mortality, and access to disease prevention around the world. Access to education is also improving, especially in the developing world. Good government and democracy are also on the rise--perhaps slower, but this was written before the "Arab Spring" of 2011.

Sadly, there's still a long way to go. But it's good to know we are making progress.

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