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The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty (Paperback)

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One of the Financial Times’ Best Books of 2019
Shortlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize

From the authors of Why Nations Fail, a crucial framework that answers the question of how liberty flourishes in some states but falls to authoritarianism or anarchy in others—and explains how it can weather new threats.

In Why Nations Fail, Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson argued that countries rise and fall based not on culture, geography, or chance, but on the power of their institutions. In The Narrow Corridor, they build a new theory about liberty and how to achieve it, drawing a wealth of evidence from both current affairs and disparate threads of world history.

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One of the Financial Times’ Best Books of 2019
One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2019
Shortlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize

From the authors of Why Nations Fail, a crucial framework that answers the question of how liberty flourishes in some states but falls to authoritarianism or anarchy in others—and explains how it can weather new threats.

In Why Nations Fail, Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson argued that countries rise and fall based not on culture, geography, or chance, but on the power of their institutions. In The Narrow Corridor, they build a new theory about liberty and how to achieve it, drawing a wealth of evidence from both current affairs and disparate threads of world history.

Liberty is hardly the “natural” order of things. In most places and at most times, the strong have dominated the weak and human freedom has been quashed by force or by customs and norms. Either states have been too weak to protect individuals from these threats, or states have been too strong for people to protect themselves from despotism. Liberty emerges only when a delicate and precarious balance is struck between state and society: The authors look to the American Civil Rights Movement, the Zapotec civilization circa 500 BCE, and Lagos’s efforts to uproot corruption and institute government accountability to illustrate what it takes to get and stay in the corridor. But they also examine Chinese imperial history, colonialism in the Pacific, Saudi Arabia’s suffocating cage of norms, and the “Paper Leviathan” of many Latin American and African nations to show how countries can drift away from it, and explain the feedback loops that make liberty harder to achieve.

Today we are in the midst of a time of wrenching destabilization. We need liberty more than ever, and yet the corridor to liberty is becoming narrower and more treacherous. The danger on the horizon is not “just” the loss of our political freedom, however grim that is in itself; it is also the disintegration of the prosperity and safety that critically depend on liberty. The opposite of the corridor of liberty is the road to ruin.

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ISBN 9780735224407
Length (cm) 14.0000
Width (cm) 3.0000
Height (cm) 21.3000
Publisher Penguin Books
Publication Date Sep 22, 2020
Pages (number) 576
Genre History, Politics, and Social Sciences
Author Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson
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Format Paperback
Editorial Reviews

“A well-written and argued treatise…. indispensable reading.” Library Journal (starred review)

“Provocative and intuitively correct. An endlessly rewarding book.” —Kirkus (starred review)

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