Why Nations Fail
The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
Why do some countries thrive, while others fall into poverty? What does China’s unprecedented growth mean for America’s rank as the world’s largest economy? And how do man-made institutions influence economic success (or lack thereof)? In The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Why Nations Fail, political scientist James Robinson reveals the political foundations upon which our economic growth lies —and explains why a radically inclusive economic model is beneficial for prosperity and innovation.
James Robinson’s book, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty is the culmination of 15 years of groundbreaking research. Co-authored with MIT’s Daron Acemoglu, Why Nations Fail explores the gap between rich and poor countries using historical evidence that dates all the way back to the Roman Empire, and criss-crosses the globe from Latin America to the United States. To date, the book has been translated into 32 languages and made both the The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Robinson’s previous book, Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy (also co-authored with Acemoglu) is a yet another path-breaking tome that examines why different social groups prefer different political institutions. Commended as “brilliant,” by the Financial Times, Robinson’s Economic Origins offers a different framework for understanding the creation and consolidation of democracy.
“Why Nations Fail 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.”— Charles C. Mann, author of 1491 and 1493
Robinson is the Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at the University of Chicago, as well as the Institute Director of The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts. He was previously on the faculty at Harvard University, where he was the Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government. Robinson also previously served as an advisor to the World Bank’s Report on Governance. He holds a Ph.D from Yale University, an MA from the University of Warwick, and a BSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.