Response to reviewers on “The Tyranny of Experts”

William Easterly

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    I respond to the three excellent reviewers, who have covered well some of the most difficult issues raised by the arguments in The Tyranny of Experts. These include the good intentions of aid officials supporting autocrats, the role of Western history and current Western travails in the debate on freedom, distinguishing good and bad experts, advocating principles vs. tangible interventions, the serious flaws of democracy and not overstating the case for democracy, the question of whether some academics are also technocrats, the value of freedom as an end in itself, and the definition of democracy as to whether it includes individual rights. Finally and most controversially, I address the biggest question raised by the reviewers (and many others): what should we do? I say why I believe this question is the wrong one, why I refuse to answer it, and suggest more constructive ways to debate freedom and development.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)425-441
    Number of pages17
    JournalReview of Austrian Economics
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Jul 24 2015


    • Economic development
    • Economic freedom
    • Foreign aid
    • Individual rights
    • Institutions
    • Political freedom

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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