Book Review

"Why Nations Fail," by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson

Published in: The Washington Post, Books, Apr. 20, 2012

Posted on RAND.org on April 01, 2012

by Warren Bass

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The author reviews "Why Nations Fail," by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson. "Why Nations Fail" focuses on the historical currents and critical junctures that mold modern polities: the processes of institutional drift that produce political and economic institutions that can be either inclusive -- focused on power-sharing, productivity, education, technological advances and the well-being of the nation as a whole; or extractive -- bent on grabbing wealth and resources away from one part of society to benefit another.

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