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Do Tropical Gangsters Have Good Intentions? A Comparative Review of Robert Klitgaard and Thomas Dichter, Journal of GMS Development Studies, Vol. 1, pp. 89-104

dc.contributor.authorTess Del Rosario
dc.date.accessioned2015-01-24T13:14:53Z
dc.date.available2015-01-24T13:14:53Z
dc.date.issued2004-12-01
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11540/1749
dc.description.abstractTwo books are reviewed, both written by development practitioners of long standing.Robert Klitgaard’s Tropical Gangsters was published in 1990, and Thomas Dichter’s Despite Good Intentions: Why Development Assistance Has Failed, in 2003. The former was a bestseller and chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 1990. Both books are enlivening, and uniquely represent an experimental method in the portrayal of development. Klitgaard and Dichter offer two very different, alternative, and refreshing writing styles. In a departure from traditional empiricist science, Klitgaard is autobiographical whereas Dichter interweaves 18 short stories in analytical chapters. Together, they provide lively and often provocative insights into development assistance — the wrong turns, the dead ends, the mishaps and the missteps, and even the prohibited zones. But they also offer new directions and possibilities for rethinking development practice. Development of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) and its assistance by ambitious programs of the international development community are considered in light of the numerous lessons gained by the two authors in nearly thirty years of development experience.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherAsian Development Bank
dc.rightsCC BY 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo
dc.titleDo Tropical Gangsters Have Good Intentions? A Comparative Review of Robert Klitgaard and Thomas Dichter, Journal of GMS Development Studies, Vol. 1, pp. 89-104
dc.typeJournals
dc.subject.adbDevelopment
dc.subject.adbDevelopment assistance
dc.subject.adbDevelopment programs
dc.subject.adbinternational development
dc.title.seriesJournal of Greater Mekong Subregion Development Studies
dc.title.volumeVol. 1
dc.contributor.imprintAsian Development Bank
oar.themeDevelopment
oar.themeEducation
oar.identifierOAR-002431
oar.authorRosario, Tess Del
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    This journal is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed publication that seeks to promote better understanding of a broad range of development issues in the Greater Mekong Subregion. One volume is published each year by the Asian Development Bank under the framework of the Phnom Penh Plan for Development Management, a region-wide capacity building program that supports knowledge products and services.

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