Political Order and Political Decay

Political Order and Political Decay

From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy

Book - 2014
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"The second volume of the bestselling landmark work on the history of the modern state Writing in The Wall Street Journal, David Gress called Francis Fukuyama's Origins of Political Order "magisterial in its learning and admirably immodest in its ambition." In The New York Times Book Review, Michael Lind described the book as "a major achievement by one of the leading public intellectuals of our time." And in The Washington Post, Gerard DeGrott exclaimed "this is a book that will be remembered. Bring onvolume two." Volume two is finally here, completing the most important work of political thought in at least a generation. 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"--
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374227357
0374227357
Characteristics: viii, 658 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Fukuyama, Francis

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Mar 23, 2017

I have a copy of this book checked out. It is amazing so far, but it is very weighty. I'm travelling this weekend and I tried to check out an ebook version. There is a hold on the ebook version... Why can't I download an ebook version of a physical book I have checked out? BPL should add this feature. Otherwise all good. thx BPL

ChristchurchLib Dec 04, 2014

In Political Order and Political Decay, acclaimed author Francis Fukuyama follows up on The Origins of Political Order (whose argument he summarizes in this sequel). Reviewing the history of political change, he provides numerous examples of rapid governmental shifts (from the French Revolution to the Arab Spring that began in December 2010). He also analyzes the evolution of democracy and critiques the structures -- and problems -- of major contemporary political systems, especially the United States. This "strikingly ambitious and provocative" (Booklist) discussion of political theory will engage anyone interested in the topic. History and Current Events December 2014 newsletter.

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