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PRAISE FOR Why Nations Fail. “Acemoglu and Robinson have made an important contribution to the debate as to why similar-looking nations differ so greatly in. PDF | 15 minutes read | ACEMOGLU, Daron; ROBINSON, James. Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty. New York: Crown, , Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power,. Prosperity, and Poverty. DARON ACEMOGLU and JAMES A. ROBINSON. Profile Books, London, UK, , pp.
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Inclusive political institutions are pluralistic and vest powers broadly among the society members. The foremost condition of inclusive political institutions is political centralisation, which is to impose law and order, at the same time protects the private property rights and encourages innovation and education. One of the premises of the book is that only working in tandem these institutions bring about growth and prosperity. At the other end of the spectrum there are the so-called extractive institutions.
In some regimes, the elite which hold the power tend to build up economic institutions with one goal: Extractive institutions also create a circle, although a vicious one, generating negative feedback loops and thus enduring for years and centuries.
This, the authors contend, is why some nations fail. So, how are these institutions formed and developed?
Similarly, the authors do not negate the existence of economic growth in the presence of extractive institutions. Nonetheless, the academics believe that this growth cannot be sustained in the long-run as the case of the Soviet Union showed , as any growth built by extractive institutions without the support of inclusive political institutions is doomed to fail sooner or later. The challenge, the academics explicitly acknowledge, is building inclusive institutions and thus creating growth and prosperity in the terrain of extractive ones, which have been persisting during centuries.
Like these mentioned books, it is a compelling book, full of astounding stories and anecdotes from the human history. Douglass North, who is believed to have laid the theoretical framework of this thesis, states in North North, ; North et al. However, this oeuvre has several shortcomings. Firstly, the determination of the authors to fully debunk the previous explanations of global inequality namely culture, geographic and ignorance hypotheses undermines the importance of a constellation of intertwining factors in leading the country towards the prosperity or poverty.
The quality of institutions could be crucial in shaping the development path of countries, but the interplay of other factors, such as resource endowments of a country, its geopolitically favourable or disadvantageous position in the world map, unfortunate policies of the leadership, are sometimes equally important. In fact, no single variable could be universally necessary and sufficient for democratic outcome for a country Diamond, Linz and Lipset, , and likewise we opine that no single factor could possibly suffice to elucidate the failure of nations.
One big strand of literature e. Ross, ; Smith, contends that the oil wealth of resource rich developing countries has a robust negative correlation with authoritarianism. The presence of large oil income, they go on, hinders democratic transition in these countries.
The argument draws from rentier state theory, which links the oil wealth to numerous pervasive economic, political and social outcomes for nations e. Mahdavy, ; Beblawi and Luciani, Likewise, the natural resource endowments are argued to have contributed to the prosperity of some countries e. Norway with its fish, timber and subsequently oil and gas reserves; Botswana with its diamond. The oil wealth has been linked to growth and more democracy for Latin American countries e.
Dunning, ; Ross, Resources matter for the countries. So does the geography that determines it. Furthermore, there are still uncertainties about whether pre-existing institutions cause pervasive political and economic outcomes, or whether institutions are exacerbated by the resource curse Rajan, What is more, the authors extensively disregard the role of the international patronage to and external legitimacy of either poverty or prosperity in developing countries which could be due to the geopolitics of nations.
Azerbaijan, a Post-soviet country, richly endowed with oil and gas, is considered to be a strategic energy partner to the EU. Thanks to it being at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, the country boasts of owning a strategic BTC Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline transporting Caspian oil to Europe and is currently building new gas pipelines within the Southern Gas Corridor project of the European Union in order to provide Europe with non-Russian gas, which is to bypass the Russian territory.
Should Azerbaijan be situated in a different geographical location, we might have been talking about a different polity. These are of course only few of many salient examples of how the geography does influence on economic and political development of a nation.
All in all, we opine that the determinism is not the answer to a complex process of economic and political failure or success of a nation. Neither it is for explaining divergences in the development during a gigantic part of human history, from Neolithic era to contemporary age.
Secondly, the concept of institution, the heart and soul of this book, is poorly defined in this work. It is rather concentrated on what institutions could bring about for the prosperity of a nation. One needs to guess what the authors mean by economic and political institutions throughout the book, and only after having read the whole pages book you can vaguely deduce what they could have had in their mind for institutions.
It would have been fairly understandable, if the definition of the concept was purposefully left out by authors, if the work was meant for an expert circle.
However, what makes this book enthralling is precisely its simplicity in exposing complicated historical dynamic of world institutions with anecdotic stories. That leaves little room for doubt that the oeuvre is meant for general public.
Nonetheless, perhaps more evidence-based academic work by the authors of this book could offset this shortcoming e. Acemoglu et al.
Furthermore, Why Nations Fail is packed albeit gracefully with repetitions. Despite the above mentioned shortcomings, it is undeniable that Why Nations Fail is a captivating book, which nests gargantuan chunks of human history within the suggested framework of inclusive vs. Acemoglu, Daron and James. Working Paper. National Bureau of Economic Research. Cambridge, MA.
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Mar 20, Minutes Buy. Sep 17, Pages. Mar 20, Pages. Mar 20, Minutes. Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?
Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are?
Simply, no. None of these factors is either definitive or destiny. Otherwise, how to explain why Botswana has become one of the fastest growing countries in the world, while other African nations, such as Zimbabwe, the Congo, and Sierra Leone, are mired in poverty and violence? Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson conclusively show that it is man-made political and economic institutions that underlie economic success or 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.
Based on fifteen years of original research Acemoglu and Robinson marshall extraordinary historical evidence from the Roman Empire, the Mayan city-states, medieval Venice, the Soviet Union, Latin America, England, Europe, the United States, and Africa to build a new theory of political economy with great relevance for the big questions of today, including: Are we moving from a virtuous circle in which efforts by elites to aggrandize power are resisted to a vicious one that enriches and empowers a small minority?
More philanthropy from the wealthy nations of the West?
Why Nations Fail will change the way you look at—and understand—the world. Includes a bonus PDF with maps from the book. It may, in fact, be a bit of a masterpiece. It should be widely read. As Jared Diamond says on the cover: Acemoglu and Robinson tackle one of the most important problems in the social sciences—a question that has bedeviled leading thinkers for centuries—and offer an answer that is brilliant in its simplicity and power.
A wonderfully readable mix of history, political science, and economics, this book will change the way we think about economic development. Why Nations Fail is a must-read book. Like me, you may succumb to reading it in one go, and then you may come back to it again and again. And [the] conclusion is a cheering one: Without the inclusive institutions that first evolved in the West, sustainable growth is impossible, because only a truly free society can foster genuine innovation and the creative destruction that is its corollary.
The Wealth of Nations is still being read today. With the same perspicacity and with the same broad historical perspective, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson have retackled this same question for our own times. Two centuries from now our great-great-.
It explains huge swathes of human history. It is equally at home in Asia, Africa and the Americas. It is fair to left and right and every flavor in between. It illuminates the past as it gives us a new way to think about the present. It is that rare book in economics that convinces the reader that the authors want the best for ordinary people.
It will provide scholars with years of argument and ordinary readers with years of did-you-know-that dinner conversation. It has some jokes, which are always welcome.
It is an excellent book and should be purchased forthwith, so to encourage the authors to keep working. Imagine that they weave their ideas into a coherent theoretical framework based on limiting extraction, promoting creative destruction, and creating strong political institutions that share power and you begin to see the contribution of this brilliant and engagingly written book.
Somehow they can generate both excitement and reflection. From the absolutism of the Stuarts to the antebellum South, from Sierra Leone to Colombia, this magisterial work shows how powerful elites rig the rules to benefit themselves at the expense of the many.
Charting a careful course between the pessimists and optimists, the authors demonstrate history and geography need not be destiny. But they also document how sensible economic ideas and policies often achieve little in the absence of fundamental political change. Acemoglu and Robinson lay out a convincing theory of almost everything to do with economic development.