The hijacking of the development debate: how Friedman and Sachs got it wrong
Arguing that Sachs and Friedman's solutions to ending poverty are over-simplistic, the authors add that such claims are merely loosely-vieled interpretations of the market liberalisation policies of the 1980s and 1990s. Accepted as simple truth by many, these straight-forward answers to poverty eradication are, according to the authors, built upon dubious facts about the poor, aid, trade and the options available to donor countries.
Having debunked a number of myths which the authors believe underpin the work of Sachs and Friedman, examples of alternatives in action are presented. Policy reforms at the local, national and regional level in Africa and Latin America are detailed, suggesting the possibility of successful alternatives to the prevailing consensus in poverty eradication.