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Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy Hardcover – Sep 30 2014
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“Straightforward and sensible . . . Fukuyama is nothing if not ambitious.” ―Sheri Berman, The New York Times Book Review
“It is not often that a 600-page work of political science ends with a cliffhanger. But the first volume of Francis Fukuyama's epic two-part account of what makes political societies work, published three years ago, left the big question unanswered . . . Political Order and Political Decay is his answer . . . Fukuyama's wealth of insights [are] worthy of the greatest writers about democracy.” ―David Runciman, Financial Times
“Political Order and Political Decay is a courageous book by an author at the peak of his analytical and literary powers. This project started as an attempt to rewrite and update Samuel Huntington's classic Political Order in Changing Societies, published in 1968. Yet Fukuyama has what Huntington sorely lacked, namely the ability to communicate complex ideas through engaging prose. He's both a perceptive political analyst and a wonderful storyteller. Clearly, something has indeed gone haywire in our world: Serious political science is not supposed to be so enjoyable.” ―Gerard de Groot, The Washington Post
“[A] monumental study [that] rest[s] on an astonishing body of learning.” ―The Economist
“Fukuyama has been both a policy maker and adviser . . . His latest opus [seeks] to clarify the fundamental problems of political order.” ―David Polansky, Wall Street Journal
“Fukuyama's brilliant work on political orders [is] cogent, clear, and often intellectually thrilling account of the development of the state . . . There is simply no way to do full justice in a review.” ―Zach Dorfman, The Los Angeles Review of Books
“This and the earlier volume, viewed as a single work, will remain vital contributions to the literature on democracy and government for some time to come.” ―Earl Pike, Plain Dealer
“Fukuyama has succeeded in proving, with a formidable display of erudition, that anyone who wants to reform American democracy had better start by reading his latest book.” ―Michael Ignatieff, The Atlantic
“Learned and lucid, Political Order and Political Decay is jam-packed with insights about political development.” ―Glenn C. Altschuler, San Francisco Chronicle
“This bold political scientist limns the transformation of societies politically galvanized by eighteenth-century revolutions and financially enriched by nineteenth-century industry . . . Strikingly ambitious and provocative.” ―Booklist (starred review)
“[Fukuyama's] superb synthesis of political science and history will be useful to experts as well as students and laypeople.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Th[is] deeply engaged political scientist offers a compelling historical overview . . . Systematic, thorough and even hopeful fodder for reform-minded political observers.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
About the Author
Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He has previously taught at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and at the George Mason University School of Public Policy. Fukuyama was a researcher at the RAND Corporation and served as the deputy director for the State Department's policy planning staff. He is the author of The Origins of Political Order, The End of History and the Last Man, Trust, and America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy. He lives with his wife in California.
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These books are exhaustively thorough and well written, although I do find some of the language too preciously academic - I am a believer in plain words.
These two books should be on the subject reading lists or seminar material for both undergraduate and graduate courses in Public Administration - and also in American law schools so they can see how their system can easily be screwed up.
While the author seeks common structural features of a mature democratic state, he does not use his analysis to predict how a particular state will develop but does find other structural fault lines which explain why certain countries are failed states (Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc).
His outlook for the USA is not bright unless they pull their socks up.Read more ›
Francis Fukuyama, describes in a non sensational manner how we arrived at the present structure and where we are heading, and he does it in a most logical way.This is a "must read" for anyone wishing to increase their understanding of the world today.
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Excellent read, a must for anybody interested in the history of the human race.Published 4 months ago by Glenn Healey
Great overview and analysis of political structures - what works and what does not with respect to stable political systems across the globe.Published 11 months ago by Paul Daigle
Great book; accessible writing for anyone who wishes to understand the complexities of various political systems today.Published 13 months ago by André Gagné