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Why Nations Fail - The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Daron Acemoglu

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: - China has built an authoritarian growth machine. Will it continue to grow at such high speed and overwhelm the West? - Are America's best days behin

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: - China has built an authoritarian growth machine. Will it continue to grow at such high speed and overwhelm the West? - Are America's best days behin
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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: - China has built an authoritarian growth machine. Will it continue to grow at such high speed and overwhelm the West? - Are America's best days behin

Language:

English

Narrators:

James Robinson, Dan Woren

Length:

17h 59m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:09


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:11


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:30


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:35


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:35


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:31


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:24


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:42


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:16


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:35


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:47


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:40


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:26


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:27


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:22


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:58


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:38


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:32


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:10


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:06


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:30


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:22


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:53


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:15


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:13


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:32


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:25


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:03


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:17


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:46


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:49


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:49


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:14


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:24


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:14


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:55


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:24


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:03


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:32


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:41


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:17


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:17


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:53


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:23


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:11


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:04


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:41


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:04


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:52


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:53


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:51


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:13


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:17


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:34


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:15


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:10


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:54


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:35


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:13


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:40


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:29


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:05


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:23


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:12


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:38


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:46


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:54


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:47


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:25


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:50


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:13


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:51


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:24


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:52


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:15


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:26


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:24


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:12


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:25


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:52


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:22


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:18


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:03


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:31


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:58


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:47


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

09:13


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:48


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:31


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:40


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:06


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:55


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:57


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:20


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:00


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:39


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:56


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:14


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:57


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:33


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:06


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:25


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

08:56


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:12


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:25


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:17


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:28


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:08


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

08:17


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:11


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:16


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:12


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:09


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:53


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:57


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

08:38


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

08:03


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

07:02


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

08:18


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

07:37


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

06:04


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

06:45


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

08:20


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:18


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

02:01


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:38


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

07:32


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:10


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:26


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

07:29


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

06:47


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:03


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

06:44


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

06:12


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:53


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

05:37


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

05:13


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:22


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

04:24


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:20


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

07:45


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

08:24


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

07:28


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

07:14


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

07:43


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

05:22


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

06:31


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

06:03


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

06:05


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

05:20


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

04:57


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

06:51


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

07:12


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

07:39


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

08:05


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

05:52


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

05:38


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

05:06


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

06:08


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

06:07


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

07:26


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

06:25


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

00:34