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'A must-read. Acemoglu and Robinson are intellectual heavyweights of the first rank . . . erudite and fascinating' Paul Collier, Guardian, on Why Nations Fail

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, anarchFail

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Kindle Edition, 560 pages
Published September 26th 2019 by Penguin (first published September 24th 2019)
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Vysloczil
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: econ-sviluppo
The word "institution" is contained 404 times in this book. On roughly 550 pages. The quick general advice would be this: if you look for a good economic/historic account on why the world evolved the way it did, and why some countries are rich and others not, do not read this book. Go look somewhere else and read people that actually spent their whole careers thinking and researching thoroughly about these questions. It is a very one-sided and partisan approach, "sharply rejecting" other narrati ...more
Nurlan Mustafayev
It is a very thought-provoking book which raises more questions than answers, as it should be. Unlike their first book Why Nations Fail, this book is more detailed and less of meta-history but is focused on the relationship between creating a capable state and democracy. There are very few mentions of ‘institutions’, ‘inclusive’ or ‘extractive’ government, which were subject to a lot of critical reviews in the past.

The authors argue that without building and sustaining state capacity – effectiv
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Daron Acemoglu is the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2005 he won the prestigious John Bates Clark medal, awarded to the best economist under 40.