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Doing bad by doing good : why humanitarian action fails

Author: Christopher J Coyne
Publisher: Stanford, California : Stanford Economics and Finance, an imprint of Stanford University Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 2010, Haiti was ravaged by a brutal earthquake that affected the lives of millions. The call to assist those in need was heard around the globe. Yet two years later humanitarian efforts led by governments and NGOs have largely failed. Resources are not reaching the needy due to bureaucratic red tape, and many assets have been squandered. How can efforts intended to help the suffering fail so badly? In this timely  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher J Coyne
ISBN: 9780804772273 0804772274 9780804772280 0804772282
OCLC Number: 818953141
Description: xiv, 258 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : a living example of the puzzle --
The man of the humanitarian system --
The evolution of humanitarian action --
Adaptability and the planner's problem --
Political competition replaces market competition --
The bureaucracy of humanitarianism --
Killing people with kindness --
Solving the puzzle --
Rethinking the man of the humanitarian system.
Responsibility: Christopher J. Coyne.

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Using an economic toolkit, Doing Bad by Doing Good explains why humanitarian efforts that intend to alleviate human suffering fail to succeed, and often cause more harm than good.  Read more...
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"Coyne offers a classic neo-liberal economic analysis to explain why the humanitarian project in its current state is doomed." -- Zoe Cormack "If you seek to assist people in need because of chronic Read more...

 
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