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The Narrow Corridor - States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty (Paperback): Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson The Narrow Corridor - States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty (Paperback)
Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson
R418 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R75 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Why Nations Fail - The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty (Paperback, Main): Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson Why Nations Fail - The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty (Paperback, Main)
Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson 2
R305 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R61 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Shortlisted for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award 2012. Why are some nations more prosperous than others? Why Nations Fail sets out to answer this question, with a compelling and elegantly argued new theory: that it is not down to climate, geography or culture, but because of institutions. Drawing on an extraordinary range of contemporary and historical examples, from ancient Rome through the Tudors to modern-day China, leading academics Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson show that to invest and prosper, people need to know that if they work hard, they can make money and actually keep it - and this means sound institutions that allow virtuous circles of innovation, expansion and peace. Based on fifteen years of research, and answering the competing arguments of authors ranging from Max Weber to Jeffrey Sachs and Jared Diamond, Acemoglu and Robinson step boldly into the territory of Francis Fukuyama and Ian Morris. They blend economics, politics, history and current affairs to provide a new, powerful and persuasive way of understanding wealth and poverty.

The Narrow Corridor - How Nations Struggle for Liberty (Paperback): Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson The Narrow Corridor - How Nations Struggle for Liberty (Paperback)
Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson
R340 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R68 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

One of the Financial Times' Best Books of 2019 One of Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2019 Shortlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize 'As enjoyable as it is thought-provoking' Jared Diamond 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. 'In this highly original and gratifying fresco, Daron Acemoglu and Jim Robinson take us on a journey through civilizations, time and locations. Their narrow corridor depicts the constant and often unstable struggle of society to keep the Leviathan in check and of the Leviathan to weaken the cage of norms. A remarkable achievement that only they could pull off and that seems destined to repeat the stellar performance of Why Nations Fail' Jean Tirole, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2014 'Another outstanding, insightful book by Acemoglu and Robinson on the importance and difficulty of getting and maintaining a successful democratic state. Packed with examples and analysis, it is a pleasure to read' Peter Diamond, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2010 'The Narrow Corridor takes us on a fascinating journey, across continents and through human history, to discover the critical ingredient of liberty. It finds that it's up to each of us: that ingredient is our own commitments, as citizens, to support democratic values. In these times, there can be no more important message - nor any more important book' George Akerlof, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2001 'How should we view the current challenges facing our democracies? This brilliant, timely book offers a simple, powerful framework for assessing alternative forms of social governance. The analysis is a reminder that it takes vigilance to maintain a proper balance between the state and society - to stay in the 'narrow corridor' - and avoid falling either into statelessness or dictatorship' Bengt Holmstrom, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2016

The Narrow Corridor - States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty (Paperback): Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson The Narrow Corridor - States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty (Paperback)
Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson 1
R395 R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Save R79 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'A must-read. Acemoglu and Robinson are intellectual heavyweights of the first rank . . . erudite and fascinating' Paul Collier, Guardian, on Why Nations Fail In this profoundly important follow up to their global bestseller, Acemoglu and Robinson provide a powerful new framework for looking at countries' development through the way that the state interacts with society. This conceptualisation - in which any country can be located on a simple diagram and its future predicted - is new and based on decades of their research. The power distribution between state and society affects how peaceful societies are, what types of institutions develop, how much oppression and fear people suffer, how their economies are organized, and how rich they are. Full of entertaining stories from the past (it starts with the wife of a Nigerian ruler fleeing Abuja with 38 suitcases of cash), Balance of Power sheds light on issues from the present and has practical political ideas for the future. 'An intellectually rich book that develops an important thesis with verve' Martin Wolf, Financial Times, on Why Nations Fail

Why Nations Fail - The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (Paperback): Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson Why Nations Fail - The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (Paperback)
Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson 3
R456 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R172 (38%) In stock

"Brilliant and engagingly written, " Why Nations Fail "answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?
"Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are?
Simply, no. None of these factors is either definitive or destiny. Otherwise, how to explain why Botswana has become one of the fastest growing countries in the world, while other African nations, such as Zimbabwe, the Congo, and Sierra Leone, are mired in poverty and violence?
Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson conclusively show that it is man-made political and economic institutions that underlie economic success (or lack of it). Korea, to take just one of their fascinating examples, is a remarkably homogeneous nation, yet the people of North Korea are among the poorest on earth while their brothers and sisters in South Korea are among the richest. The south forged a society that created incentives, rewarded innovation, and allowed everyone to participate in economic opportunities. The economic success thus spurred was sustained because the government became accountable and responsive to citizens and the great mass of people. Sadly, the people of the north have endured decades of famine, political repression, and very different economic institutions--with no end in sight. The differences between the Koreas is due to the politics that created these completely different institutional trajectories.
Based on fifteen years of original research Acemoglu and Robinson marshall extraordinary historical evidence from the Roman Empire, the Mayan city-states, medieval Venice, the Soviet Union, Latin America, England, Europe, the United States, and Africa to build a new theory of political economy with great relevance for the big questions of today, including:
- China has built an authoritarian growth machine. Will it continue to grow at such high speed and overwhelm the West?
- Are America's best days behind it? Are we moving from a virtuous circle in which efforts by elites to aggrandize power are resisted to a vicious one that enriches and empowers a small minority?
- What is the most effective way to help move billions of people from the rut of poverty to prosperity? More
philanthropy from the wealthy nations of the West? Or learning the hard-won lessons of Acemoglu and Robinson's breakthrough ideas on the interplay between inclusive political and economic institutions?
"Why Nations Fail "will change the way you look at--and understand--the world.

The Narrow Corridor - States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty (Hardcover): Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson The Narrow Corridor - States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty (Hardcover)
Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson 1
R673 R533 Discovery Miles 5 330 Save R140 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'As enjoyable as it is thought-provoking' Jared Diamond 'This book is more original and exciting than its predecessor...the highly influential Why Nations Fail' Martin Wolf, Financial Times 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 or anarchy - and explains how liberty can thrive. 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 freedom exists, it's a steady state, arrived at by 'enlightenment'. But this static view is a fantasy, the authors argue; rather, the corridor to liberty is narrow and stays open only through a self-reinforcing struggle between state and society - between elites and citizens. Liberty depends on a delicate balance between the two. This struggle - which affects peace and prosperity - is incessant, and its outcome not predetermined. As the authors show, contrary to some theories, there is no inevitability to how countries move in and out of the corridor; Europe's political and economic ascendancy, for example, was not guaranteed. Particular historical relationships in each country between state and society affect their political and economic trajectory, and therefore influence how countries respond to events and shocks. So the future is up for grabs. With compelling stories from around the world, in history and from today - and with a single framework through which the path of any nation can be understood - this masterpiece helps us in the vital task of understanding the past and present, and analysing the future. For today the road to freedom is becoming more treacherous, endangering the peace and prosperity that depend on it - and the opposite of the narrow corridor to liberty is the road to ruin. 'This brilliant and insightful book could not be more timely. Across the world countries are wrestling with the tension between state and society. Populism of both Left and Right offers glib and dangerous answers. By contrast, Acemoglu and Robinson show that the narrow corridor to liberty depends on combining a strong capable state with a strong civic society. Not one or the other - both. This is the route to prosperity for all - but it is as they say "no easy feat"' Sir Michael Barber, author of How to Run a Government 'In this highly original and gratifying fresco, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson take us on a journey through civilizations, time and locations. Their narrow corridor depicts the constant and often unstable struggle of society to keep the Leviathan in check and of the Leviathan to weaken the cage of norms. A remarkable achievement that only they could pull off and that seems destined to repeat the stellar performance of Why Nations Fail' Jean Tirole, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2014 'Society and state need each other. Applying a global wealth of historical detail to a simple analytic framework, Acemoglu and Robinson build a powerful argument against the current opposing fashions of totalitarianism and the stateless society' Sir Paul Collier, author of The Bottom Billion 'The Narrow Corridor takes us on a fascinating journey, across continents and through human history, to discover the critical ingredient of liberty. It finds that it's up to each of us: that ingredient is our own commitments, as citizens, to support democratic values. In these times, there can be no more important message - nor any more important book' George Akerlof, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2001

The Narrow Corridor - States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty (Hardcover): Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson The Narrow Corridor - States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty (Hardcover)
Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson 1
R768 R633 Discovery Miles 6 330 Save R135 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Why Nations Fail - The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (Hardcover): Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson Why Nations Fail - The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (Hardcover)
Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson 1
R791 R514 Discovery Miles 5 140 Save R277 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Two of the world's best and most erudite economists turn to the hardest issue of all: why are some nations poor and others rich? Written with a deep knowledge of economics and political history, this is perhaps the most powerful statement made to date that institutions matter.' A provocative, instructive, yet thoroughly enthralling book.--Joel Mokyr, Northwestern University.

The Role of Elites in Economic Development (Paperback): The Late Alice H Amsden, Alisa DiCaprio, James A. Robinson The Role of Elites in Economic Development (Paperback)
The Late Alice H Amsden, Alisa DiCaprio, James A. Robinson
R862 Discovery Miles 8 620 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Elites have a disproportionate impact on development outcomes. While a country's endowments constitute the deep determinates of growth, the trajectory they follow is shaped by the actions of elites. But what factors affect whether elites use their influence for individual gain or national welfare? To what extent do they see poverty as a problem? And are their actions today constrained by institutions and norms established in the past? This volume looks at case studies from South Africa to China to seek a better understanding of the dynamics behind how elites decide to engage with economic development. Approaches include economic modelling, social surveys, theoretical analysis, and program evaluation. These different methods explore the relationship between elites and development outcomes from five angles: the participation and reaction of elites to institutional creation and change, how economic changes affect elite formation and circulation, elite perceptions of national welfare, the extent to which state capacity is part of elite self-identity, and how elites interact with non-elites.

Natural Experiments of History (Paperback): Jared Diamond, James A. Robinson Natural Experiments of History (Paperback)
Jared Diamond, James A. Robinson
R492 R433 Discovery Miles 4 330 Save R59 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Some central questions in the natural and social sciences can't be answered by controlled laboratory experiments, often considered to be the hallmark of the scientific method. This impossibility holds for any science concerned with the past. In addition, many manipulative experiments, while possible, would be considered immoral or illegal. One has to devise other methods of observing, describing, and explaining the world.

In the historical disciplines, a fruitful approach has been to use natural experiments or the comparative method. This book consists of eight comparative studies drawn from history, archeology, economics, economic history, geography, and political science. The studies cover a spectrum of approaches, ranging from a non-quantitative narrative style in the early chapters to quantitative statistical analyses in the later chapters. The studies range from a simple two-way comparison of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which share the island of Hispaniola, to comparisons of 81 Pacific islands and 233 areas of India. The societies discussed are contemporary ones, literate societies of recent centuries, and non-literate past societies. Geographically, they include the United States, Mexico, Brazil, western Europe, tropical Africa, India, Siberia, Australia, New Zealand, and other Pacific islands.

In an Afterword, the editors discuss how to cope with methodological problems common to these and other natural experiments of history.

The Role of Elites in Economic Development (Hardcover): The Late Alice H Amsden, Alisa DiCaprio, James A. Robinson The Role of Elites in Economic Development (Hardcover)
The Late Alice H Amsden, Alisa DiCaprio, James A. Robinson
R2,268 Discovery Miles 22 680 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Elites have a disproportionate impact on development outcomes. While a country's endowments constitute the deep determinates of growth, the trajectory they follow is shaped by the actions of elites. But what factors affect whether elites use their influence for individual gain or national welfare? To what extent do they see poverty as a problem? And are their actions today constrained by institutions and norms established in the past? This volume looks at case studies from South Africa to China to seek a better understanding of the dynamics behind how elites decide to engage with economic development. Approaches include economic modelling, social surveys, theoretical analysis, and program evaluation. These different methods explore the relationship between elites and development outcomes from five angles: the participation and reaction of elites to institutional creation and change, how economic changes affect elite formation and circulation, elite perceptions of national welfare, the extent to which state capacity is part of elite self-identity, and how elites interact with non-elites.

Survey Research (Hardcover): Charles Herbert Backstrom, Gerald D. Hursh-Cesar Survey Research (Hardcover)
Charles Herbert Backstrom, Gerald D. Hursh-Cesar; Edited by James A. Robinson
R892 Discovery Miles 8 920 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Survey Research (Paperback): Charles Herbert Backstrom, Gerald D. Hursh-Cesar Survey Research (Paperback)
Charles Herbert Backstrom, Gerald D. Hursh-Cesar; Edited by James A. Robinson
R605 Discovery Miles 6 050 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy (Paperback): Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy (Paperback)
Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson
R683 R559 Discovery Miles 5 590 Save R124 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

What forces lead to democracy's creation? Why does it sometimes consolidate only to collapse at other times? Written by two of the foremost authorities on this subject in the world, this volume develops a framework for analyzing the creation and consolidation of democracy. It revolutionizes scholarship on the factors underlying government and popular movements toward democracy or dictatorship. Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson argue that different social groups prefer different political institutions because of the way they allocate political power and resources. Their book, the subject of a four-day seminar at Harvard's Center for Basic Research in the Social Sciences, was also the basis for the Walras-Bowley lecture at the joint meetings of the European Economic Association and Econometric Society in 2003 and is the winner of the John Bates Clark Medal. Daron Acemoglu is Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received the 2005 John Bates Clark Medal awarded by the American Economic Association as the best economist working in the United States under age 40. He is the author of the forthcoming text Introduction to Modern Economic Growth. James A. Robinson is Professor of Government at Harvard University. He is a Harvard Faculty Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and a member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research s Program on Institutions, Organizations, and Growth. He is coeditor with Jared Diamond of the forthcoming book Natural Experiments in History.

Health Unplugged - Can Food & Technology Co-exist ? (Paperback): James A. Robinson Health Unplugged - Can Food & Technology Co-exist ? (Paperback)
James A. Robinson
R246 Discovery Miles 2 460 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Health Unplugged is about Keeping It Simple. When you go to your doctor and he or she tells you that you have to lose weight, that's all they tell you. Then they send you to a registered dietician and they give you a food pyramid chart and you still can't figure out what foods to eat. They use words like glycemic index, amino acid, BMI, carbohydrates, and HDL, LDL. What does all of that mean? So you go out to the book store and buy books written for and by doctors and you still can't understand the words, a month later you still haven't lost weight. On my journey to losing weight, I have purchased at least 10 books/DVD's trying to figure out what to eat and what exercise to do. Half of the books I never finished reading because I just wanted to get to the parts that I needed. Health Unplugged has a grocery list of foods that you can eat and an exercise schedule that you can start today. My book goes straight to the point for people like me that just want to lose weight without the mumble jumble.

Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy (Hardcover): Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy (Hardcover)
Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson
R1,315 R999 Discovery Miles 9 990 Save R316 (24%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book develops a framework for analyzing the creation and consolidation of democracy. Different social groups prefer different political institutions because of the way they allocate political power and resources. Thus democracy is preferred by the majority of citizens, but opposed by elites. Dictatorship nevertheless is not stable when citizens can threaten social disorder and revolution. In response, when the costs of repression are sufficiently high and promises of concessions are not credible, elites may be forced to create democracy. By democratizing, elites credibly transfer political power to the citizens, ensuring social stability. Democracy consolidates when elites do not have strong incentive to overthrow it. These processes depend on (1) the strength of civil society, (2) the structure of political institutions, (3) the nature of political and economic crises, (4) the level of economic inequality, (5) the structure of the economy, and (6) the form and extent of globalization.

Por Qua Fracasan Los Paases (English, Spanish, Paperback): Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson Por Qua Fracasan Los Paases (English, Spanish, Paperback)
Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson
R562 R454 Discovery Miles 4 540 Save R108 (19%) Out of stock

Que determina que un pais sea rico o pobre? Como se explica que, en condiciones similares, en algunos paises haya hambrunas y en otros no? Que papel tiene la politica en estas cuestiones? Que algunas naciones sean mas prosperas que otras, se debe a cuestiones culturales?, a los efectos de la climatologia?, a su ubicacion geografica? No, en absoluto. Ninguna cuestion relativa a la prosperidad de un pais esta relacionada con estos factores, sino que proviene de otro mucho mas tangible: la politica economica que dictaminan sus dirigentes. Son los lideres de cada pais, afirman los reconocidos profesores Daron Acemoglu y James A. Robinson en este libro, quienes determinan con sus politicas la prosperidad de su territorio, y asi ha ocurrido en todos los periodos de la historia, como demuestran en este apasionante estudio.

El Pasillo Estrecho - Estados, Sociedades Y Como Alcanzar La Libertad (Spanish, Paperback): Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson El Pasillo Estrecho - Estados, Sociedades Y Como Alcanzar La Libertad (Spanish, Paperback)
Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson
R549 R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Save R103 (19%) Out of stock
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