DARON ACEMOGLU WHY NATIONS FAIL PDF
determined by geography or culture, Daron Acemoglu and. Jim Robinson . Why nations fail: the origins of power, prosperity, and poverty / Daron. Acemoglu. 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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Just as an FYI in case you have an issue with this sort of thing, this version is definitely pirated. I enjoyed reading Why Nations Fail a while back, but I tend to view these single-discipline analysis works very skeptically In many ways it seemed very hand-wavy, and kind of begging the question with regards to why states failed to develop "inclusive institutions. Claiming a nation's prosperity rests solely on one factor seems very iffy to me, and the fact that I'm generally in favour of the worldview they're espousing makes me even more suspciious.
This isn't a single discipline work. Robinson is a political scientist, Acemoglu an economist. Ok, technically yes, but I'd argue it's a single lens of analysis. Like Guns, Germs, and Steel is arguably not a single-discipline work because it's environmental anthropology.
But it's a great example of a terribly misleading work because it views everything through that single lens. Absolutely, but I don't think anyone in the field takes Acemoglu's inclusive institutions as a single-factor explanation for development.
The idea of an inclusive institution sounds like a nice explanation, but how do you operationalize it in a meaningful and measurable way across vastly different political and social systems? It's an interesting angle of approach to the development problem, and ought to be empirically tested which is what my thesis is about , but traditional development theories still retain their fair share of explanatory power.
Complex social phenomena like wealth creation rarely have a singular paths of causality, so usually there are several competing explanations that all imperfectly predict some factors. Not complaining, since I regularly send people pirated content, just saying maybe make it less obvious if the sub is to not get banned.
Individual choice and markets are of paramount importance both as an expression of individual liberty and driving force of economic prosperity. The state serves an important role in establishing conditions favorable to competition through preventing monopoly, providing a stable monetary framework, and relieving acute misery and distress.
Free exchange and movement between countries makes us richer and has led to an unparalleled decline in global poverty. Public policy has global ramifications and should take into account the effect it has on people around the world regardless of nationality. Policies we support include but are not limited to: Free trade Reduced barriers to migration Occupational licensing reform Zoning reform Introductory reading Neo-Liberalism and its Prospects Neoliberalism: Comments I: The so-called geography hypothesis draws its main argument on the works of the eminent French political philosopher Montesquieu , who links the hot climate to the laziness and the deficit of curiosity, while associates the vigour with the cold climate.
American scientist Diamond bases his geographical determinism on the technological differences among the parts of the world, which according to him, was due to the availability of plant and animal species, which in turn resulted in the different paths of farming and technological change.
Noviembre , pp. Some claim that Protestant ethic contributed to the rise of modern industrial society in Europe Weber, ; others question the compatibility of Islam with democracy e.
Putnam et al. All in all, cultural theorists claim persuasively that religion and culture matters for the prosperity. Others opine that African countries are poorer than the countries of other regions because their leaders might be less informed, knowledgeable and less advised than their counterparts in other regions on how to lead the country.
The proponents of the so-called ignorance theory e. After having carefully albeit briefly analysed the rationales of three main strands of literature on elucidating the world inequality, the authors of the book we are reviewing, Daron Acemoglu Massachusetts Institute of Technology and James A. Robinson University of Chicago , gracefully counterattacks them one by one with arguments based on stories drawn from the human history and the contemporary state of arts of different countries and regions of the world.
Juxtaposing and analysing the historical development of South and North Korea and of the United States and Latin America, the academics illustrate that neither geography, nor the lack of knowledge and information of leaders, nor the cultural differences explain the strikingly different paths taken by otherwise not so different countries and regions.
Instead, the economists suggest searching the answers for the challenging questions at the quality of institutions of the countries. Thus, apart from being free markets, these institutions should also push for positive technological and educational changes in the society and be capable of harnessing the potential of individuals. 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.
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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.
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Why Nations Fail The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
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Some claim that Protestant ethic contributed to the rise of modern industrial society in Europe Weber, ; others question the compatibility of Islam with democracy e.
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. At the other end of the spectrum there are the so-called extractive institutions.
Inclusive political institutions are pluralistic and vest powers broadly among the society members.