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 is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and the Independent Scholastic New Children's Prize 2014.
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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