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  • Hardcover: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (April 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465011063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465011063
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,987,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Klitgaard is a University Professor at Claremont Graduate University in California, where he served as President from 2005 to 2009. Formerly a professor at Harvard and Yale and Dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, he has been an adviser and researcher in more than 30 countries around the world. Klitgaard has been called "the world's leading expert on corruption" (The Christian Science Monitor).
His eight previous books include:
High-Performance Government: Structure, Leadership, Incentives (RAND) (edited with Paul C. Light). "This sometimes sprawling but hugely insightful work is the first significant public management book about performance in the new century. It rivals John Roberts' The Modern Firm currently regarded by many (this reviewer included) as the best business book thus far on performance in the 21st century." --The Public Manager.
Corrupt Cities: A Practical Guide to Cure and Prevention (ICS Press and World Bank Institute; translated into 18 languages) (with Ronald MacLean-Abaroa and H. Lindsey Parris). "This small gem of a an exemplar of the transfer of economic principles into the practice of public management." --The Journal of Economic Literature.
Adjusting to Reality: Beyond "State versus Market" in Economic Development (ICS Press and International Center for Economic Growth; translated into Spanish and French), a study of policies to make markets work better, make governments work better, and close the economic gaps among ethnic groups. "Lively and highly readable...goes beyond the abstractions of academia and the slogans of the World Bank to present a step-by-step guide to identifying problems and implementing the recommended policies." -Journal of Economic Literature.
Tropical Gangsters (Basic Books), a first-hand account of economic reform in Africa. Named by the editors of the New York Times Book Review as one of the six best non-fiction books of 1990. Included in New York Times' Books of the Century.
Controlling Corruption (University of California Press; translated into 8 languages), a study of corruption and how to reduce it in the developing countries. "A most worthwhile book, both for its insights into anticorruption policies and for the academic debate about more general questions that it will certainly create." -American Political Science Review.
Elitism and Meritocracy in Developing Countries (Johns Hopkins University Press), an analysis of selection policies (including affirmative action) around the globe. "This groundbreaking book...should be required reading for social scientists, both in universities and outside them, who are seriously interested in the important roles and impacts of education in developing countries." -Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences.
Data Analysis for Development (Oxford University Press), how to apply statistics and econometrics to policy problems in poor countries. "Stunningly good." -Richard Light, Harvard University.
Choosing Elites (Basic Books), how educational elites are and should be selected in the United States. Listed in The Harvard Guide to Influential Books.
Klitgaard received A.B., M.P.P., and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John H. Hwung on July 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a facinating book which affords you an opportunity to look into the minds of Harvard's admissions officers. This is about how they choose and pick students.
The content and research are first rate. However, the mindset is very much social engineering. I guess this kind of thoughts must have permeated Harvard.
Regardless of how many ways the social engineers tried, at the end the author admits that there are few indicators of success more studied and reliable than high school grades and SAT I scores for picking students. So, there is all the fuss about essays, recommendation letters and extracurricular activities, and yet they do not have much to do with student success in college and later in adult life.
What really scared me is the social engineering attitude among Harvard's administrators and professors.
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