One of a series of 13 briefs exploring the strengths and weaknesses of
the policies advocated in Paul Collier's controversial and influential
book 'The Bottom Billion'.
Globalisation is leading to a more integrated world, but some of its
consequences are problematic and the poorest countries are losing out.
Many of the serious governance problems in these nations are rooted in
the developed world, including the rich world’s vast buying power and
appetite for natural resources. In The Bottom Billion Paul Collier shows
how international laws and charters that can enforce change in the
industrialised North can induce reform in the developing South. This In
Focus brief analyses his arguments and sets out further reasons for an
international framework to improve the prospects of the poorest
IDS In Focus Issue 3.9, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, 4 pp.