The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty By Daron Acemoglu

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The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty By (author) Daron Acemoglu ISBN:9780241314296 The internationally bestselling authors of Why Nations Fail on how different societies develop, and resolve, or fail to resolve, conflicts.

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By the authors of the international bestseller Why Nations Fail, based on decades of research, this powerful new big-picture framework explains how some countries develop towards and provide liberty while others fall to despotism, anarchy or asphyxiating norms – and explains how liberty can thrive despite new threats.

Liberty is hardly the ‘natural’ order of things; usually states have been either too weak to protect individuals or too strong for people to protect themselves from despotism. There is also a happy Western myth that where liberty exists, it’s a steady state, arrived at by ‘enlightenment’. But liberty emerges only when a delicate and incessant balance is struck between state and society – between elites and citizens. This struggle becomes self-reinforcing, inducing both state and society to develop a richer array of capacities, thus affecting the peacefulness of societies, the success of economies and how people experience their daily lives.

Explaining this new framework through compelling stories from around the world, in history and from today – and through a single diagram on which the development of any state can be plotted – this masterpiece helps us understand the past and present, and analyse the future.

The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty By (author) Daron Acemoglu ISBN:9780241314296

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Weight 820 g
Dimensions 43 × 162 × 240 mm
About the Author

Daron Acemoglu is the Killian Professor of Economics at MIT and recipient of the prestigious John Bates Clark Medal. <br /><br />James A. Robinson is a political scientist and economist and the Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies and University Professor at the University of Chicago. They are the authors of the international bestseller <i>Why Nations Fail, </i>which won numerous prizes.

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