Why Nations Fail

Why Nations Fail

Author: Daron AceMoglu; James Robinson

In this thought provoking book, they lay out the case for why America is failing and what they feel should be done to reverse the course.

The authors argue that it is man-made political and economic institutions that underlie economic success (or the 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.

This book is well worth your time to read.  You may also want to follow-up by reading their blog.

Publisher: Random House

Reviewer: Bill English

ISBN: 0307719219

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