Books of the year 2010 | James Purnell

The Plundered Planet by Paul Collier

The Plundered Planet (Allen Lane, £20) by Paul Collier has the best new idea of the year. In 2009 the film The End of the Line put overfishing
on the agenda. This year, Collier has not only explained why the problem occurs, but also come up with a fantastically big idea as a solution. Overfishing occurs because there are no property rights to fish outside of territorial waters, so it's in no one's interests to regulate how much is caught, and everyone is losing out. His suggestion is simple - give the UN the right to allocate fishing quotas in international waters, and use the proceeds from the fishing rights to pay for aid for the bottom billion poorest.

Previous book: Jonathan Powell

Next book: Craig Raine

Back to list

This article first appeared in the 22 November 2010 issue of the New Statesman, Advantage Cameron