Bring on volume two. Taking up the essential question of how societies develop strong, impersonal, and accountable political institutions, Fukuyama follows the story from the French Revolution to the so-called Arab Spring and the deep dysfunctions of contemporary American politics. He examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West. A sweeping, masterful account of the struggle to create a well-functioning modern state, Political Order and Political Decay is destined to be a classic. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.
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The book follows Fukuyama's book, The Origins of Political Order , written to shed light on political institutions and their development in different regions. Fukuyama stresses the importance of the three pillars of the modern state, as described in the first volume in the series, The Origins of Political Order :. In other words, in an ideal system, a powerful and efficient state is kept in check by the people, and by the law, which can bind the state itself. Different regions and countries developed these three institutions, if at all, at different times. India developed institutions akin to the rule of law early in its history, but not strong states. An ideal modern state, as conceived by Fukuyama, must have all three institutions in a delicate balance. Only in certain parts of Europe, in the late 18th century, did all three institutions come together to what we now recognize as a modern liberal democratic state. The Origins of Political Order , the first book of the series, described the three important institutions and their development. Political Order and Political Decay begins where the first book left off, focusing on developments in various countries from the French Revolution to the present. Fukuyama describes the early U.
Bring on volume two. Taking up the essential question of how societies develop strong, impersonal, and accountable political institutions, Fukuyama follows the story from the French Revolution to the so-called Arab Spring and the deep dysfunctions of contemporary American politics. He examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out.
Questions about the troubled spirit and ailing institutions of contemporary democracy. Its lengthy argument can be summarised in a single sentence: without the prior establishment of a well-armed and functional territorial state, and without an independent judiciary responsible for overseeing the rule of law that robust state power then makes possible, modern liberal democracy simply cannot happen. Fukuyama admits of troubles in the house of democracy. Fukuyama worries as well about the shrinking middle class, which he deems the social bedrock of liberal democracy. The bigger historical picture is different, and the future bright.