Political Order

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The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution Publisher's Summary

Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions that included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or unable to function in many of today’s developing countries—with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.

Francis Fukuyama, author of the best-selling The End of History and The Last Man, and one of our most important political thinkers, provides a sweeping account of how today’s basic political institutions developed.

The first of a major two-volume work, The Origins of Political Order begins with politics among our primate ancestors and follows the story through the emergence of tribal societies, the growth of the first modern state in China, the beginning of the rule of law in India and the Middle East, and the development of political accountability in Europe up until the eve of the French Revolution.

Drawing on a vast body of knowledge—history, evolutionary biology, archaeology, and economics—Fukuyama has produced a brilliant, provocative work that offers fresh insights on the origins of democratic societies and raises essential questions about the nature of politics and its discontents.

©2011 Francis Fukuyama (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

    • By: Francis Fukuyama
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 22 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today’s developing countries—with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best Summary of Political History I've Read

    • By blah on 05-12-13

    Regular price: $34.95

  • Book 2

    • Political Order and Political Decay

    • From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy
    • By: Francis Fukuyama
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 24 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
    • Story
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    Fukuyama examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Understanding our place thru Poly Sci

    • By Gary on 12-29-14

    Regular price: $39.95