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The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It

Paul Collier

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Elections determine who is in power, but they do not determine how power is used.”

“Rebels usually have something to complain about, and if they don't they make it up. All too often the really disadvantaged are in no position to rebel; they just suffer quietly.”

“You are a citizen, and citizenship carries responsibilities.”

“Without an informed electorate, politicians will continue to use the bottom billion merely for photo opportunities, rather than promoting real transformation.”

“Change in the societies at the very bottom must come predominantly from within; we cannot impose it on them.”

“Launching a turnaround takes courage. I cannot measure that and so it is not going to be included in my analysis, but behind the moments of change there are always a few people within these societies who have decided to try to make a difference.”

“Most conduct is guided by norms rather than by laws. Norms are voluntary and are effective because they are enforced by peer pressure.”

“The aid agencies are not run by fools. they are full of intelligent people severely constrained by what public opinion permits.”

“Poverty is not intrinsically a trap, otherwise we would all still be poor.”

“Not all developing countries are the same.”

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