Profile Books, £10.99
Why Nations Fail, By Daron Acemoglu & James A Robinson
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and is currently judging the Aesthetica Magazine new writing prize.
Friday 08 March 2013
This analysis traces the history of failing nations; why, it asks, do certain countries never prosper while others race to progress? A stark example is the opening image, of poverty lying within inches of wealth, along the border towns of Mexico and America.
The conclusion?: patterns of failure and success reside within political institutions, not culture or geography. It may appear a conservative standpoint, but these writers suggest because failure lies within the political borders of a state, so it can be reversed by that state.
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