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Bad Samaritans: The Guilty Secrets of Rich Nations and the Threat to Global Prosperity von [Chang, Ha-Joon]
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Chang's detailed, thorough book puts another theoretical nail in the coffin of free trade and unbridled capitalism. Chang illustrates a vast array of contradictions and hypocrisies spouted by the neoliberal agenda (sometimes known as neo-conservative in the U.S.) to completely deregulate developing governments. Looking at the history of capitalism, he reveals how often free trade has failed where protectionism has benefited many of the richer countries today including the U.S. and U.K. Bond, who has his work cut out for him with Chang's long, technical and fact-laden work, does a good job of emphasis and pacing. But staying atop the tidal wave of information and complex connections in Chang's writing may require listening to the audiobook in small chunks or listening to some sections more than once. Bond's smooth but stern delivery proves a useful companion. Simultaneous release with the Bloomsbury hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 12).
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"A smart, lively and provocative book that offers us compelling new ways to look at globalization" (Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel laureate in Economics, 2001)

"Every orthodoxy needs effective critics. Ha-Joon Chang is probably the world's most effective critic of globalization. He does not deny the benefits to developing countries of integration into the world economy. But he draws on the lessons of history to argue that they must be allowed to integrate on their own terms" (Martin Wolf, Financial Times, author of 'Why Globalization Works')

"This is a marvellous book. Well researched, panoramic in its scope and beautifully written, Bad Samaritans, is the perfect riposte to devotees of a one-size-fits-all model of growth and globalization. I strongly urge you to read it" (Larry Elliott, Economics Editor, Guardian)

"In this more polemical tract, [Chang] adds the spark of personal reflection ... and some mischievous rhetorical set-pieces." (The Economist)

"This is an excellent book...deploys the logical discipline of economics and its engagement with quantitative evidence, but does so in jargon-free prose that sparkles with anecdotes and practical observations." (International Affairs)


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und sehr interessant. Habe das Buch ziemlich schnell bekommen, und auch ziemlich schnell gelesen! Das Buch ist zugleich polemisch und wissenschaftlich geschrieben.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Bad Samaritans. 1. Januar 2015
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Bad Samaritans... is a compelling argument against the minimalist, laissez-faire state proposed by hard-core neoliberals, especially in the context of developing countries. Ha-Joon Chang advocates a 'judicious mix of market and government' (phrase frequently reiterated throughout the book).
HJC's views were criticized by William Easterly, who said that HJC's argument suffered from confirmation bias: allegedly HJC presents too few countries to support his view, and makes the error of looking at developed economies and works his way backward to the times when they embarked on protectionism, subsidies, planning etc., instead of looking at all countries which employed such policies and seeing how many succeeded and how many didn't.
The exchange of arguments between Easterly and HJC is available online and is interesting to read as a sort of afterword of the book.
In my view the 'reverse engineering' HJC exercises in Bad Samaritans is by all ways a valid way of reasoning: look at the leaders and analyze how they became ones. Easterly says there were countries which resorted to planning and protectionism, but failed. He misses the point. The message HJS attempts to convey is that active state is a necessary but not sufficient condition to succeed; history shows that with active state success is possible, but not guaranteed. It also shows that the vast majority of successful countries have applied the market-with-government mix as opposed to laissez-faire.
HJC proposes an interesting view, that insisting on limited government in democracies, 'Unholy Trinity' insists in fact on limited democracy; it promotes one dollar, one vote system in place of the one person, one vote system.
One thing conspicuous by its absence in HJC's book is the labour market. Unregulated labour market is also presented by neoliberals as a condition for success, but again history shows that labour market regulations (minimum wage, unemployment benefits, retraining schemes etc. etc.) do not necessarily hamper growth, but ensure that some mimimum standard of life is guaranteed even to the weakest. After all, "no society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable." (Adam Smith)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This Book Mentions Some Very Interesting Economic Information. 21. Juli 2015
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This book mentions some interesting facts. Although many people now associate Samsung as a leading manufacturer of mobile phones, Samsung started out as an exporter or fresh fruit and vegetables. The book also says that Thomas Jefferson opposed patents because he felt that ideas were like air and that nobody could own them. The book points out some of the drawbacks and abuses of patents. For example, HIV/AIDS drugs can cost $10,000 to $12,000 per patient per year in parts of Africa which is three to four times the average annual income of a person in even the richest African countries. Switzerland had no patent law of any kind until 1888. Critics of "the winner takes all" patent system claim it often results in wasteful duplication of research among competitors. Before the 1836 overhaul in the United States, patents were given without proof of originality. The original term of copyrights in the United States laid out in the 1790 Copyright Act was only 14 years and renewable for another 14 years. For a lot of years, the United States refused to recognize copyrights in materials published outside the United States.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen and does a very good job of chasing the (not so) secret history of ... 25. Dezember 2014
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This was the second book of Ha-joon Chang that I read, after 23 Things. This book has a much clearer narrative structure than the other, and does a very good job of chasing the (not so) secret history of protectionism and trade wars that has facilitated the rise of the west. He does a very good job of covering various myths about certain cultures being incapable of capitalism or hard work, as well as of flipping various common assumptions we have about modern, developed nations on their heads. This book also benefits very much from Chang talking at length about his own life experience, which experienced the dramatic transformation of Korea from one of the poorest countries on earth to an "economic miracle." I am currently reading Economics: The User's Guide, but I think as a first introduction to Ha-joon Chang, Bad Samaritans is probably the better choice. It's focused, it's relevant, and it's easy to read.

I will say that one weakness of Ha-joon Chang as an author is that his work seems to use a lot of the same examples again, while he uses the same jokes and examples in his public talks as in his books. For this reason, it's probably better to pick a few choice works instead of reading them all.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Strong factual argument against economic austerity and free trade. 22. Juni 2015
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An argument against the acceptance of free trade as a panacea and the IMF GATT etc. imposing it on the less developed nation. Rather than a comprehensive economic history of trade policies and their effects. Documents numerous examples of: The use of trade restrictions by the wealth nations to get wealthy, Il effects of imposition of free trade on the poorer nations, the problems caused by economic austerity and the non use of the preceding by the wealthy nations. ( although the author doesn't address the negative impacts of economic austerity during the euro zone crisis and the Great Recession.). The author takes a definet position and argues it. A more comprehensive viewpoint would have been more persuasive. Not so strong on what should be done, rather illustrates that tariff protection of nascent industry works and austerity often fails and always inflicts pain on the poor.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Pragmatism vs Ideology 13. Oktober 2013
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This book is the best attack yet on the dogmas of "free markets" and "free trade". It is a fun and informative read, full of trenchant satire of the kind you'd expect to come from a best selling muckracker, not a Cambridge (UK) professor. What's most unusual for an economist, is that he is pragmatic rather than ideological. He simply asks, "What trade practices have actually worked for developing countries?"

Yet Professor Chang not only lampoons the obvious failures of Chicago School orthodoxy, he explains in simple terms where it goes wrong. One comes away with a solid understanding of why many activists from developing countries regard the present world order as "neo-colonial". That is, while the IMF, World Bank, and WTO preach that free markets and free trade will be a "golden straightjacket" leading to rapid development, the results have been the opposite. Instead successful countries like the Asian Tigers have used strongly protectionistic measures to build their "infant industries" (the term coined by Alexander Hamilton, the architect of US protectionism). These results expose a hidden neo-colonial agenda, designed to benefit first world mega-corporations and speculators.

However Chang's book totally misses the most fundamental economic issue of our times, namely, limits to growth. Mainstream economic theory is based not only on "greed is good" but also "growth is good". Yet resource and environmental limits to growth are bearing down hard, threatening global "ecological overshoot and collapse" over the coming decades. The kind of economic growth that would bring all developing countries up to current first world standards is simply impossible, no matter what the trade or industrial policies. Instead a determined attempt to achieve that growth will simply hasten the collapse. How to do justice in this situation, let alone survive, is a tall order.
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