Author photo. Francis Fukuyama at Nexus Instituut in 2005 [credit: Robert Goddyn]

Francis Fukuyama at Nexus Instituut in 2005 [credit: Robert Goddyn]

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Kepler's Books, Tuesday, November 11 at 7:30pm
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Tuesday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.

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Political order and political decay is the completion of the most important work of political thought in at least a generation. Compared to such seminal thinkers as Jean-Jacques Rosseau, John Locke, John Rawls, and Amartya Sen, Fukuyama boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of entrenched political paralysis in the West.

Fukuyama argues that economic growth produces middle classes that in turn demand accountable institutions, the kind that make democracies healthy. But powerful elites can end up controlling those very levers of democracy, leading to the political paralysis evident in some Western societies.

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Broken into sections on "The State", "Foreign Institution", "Democracy", and "Political Decay", Fukuyama gives an account of how state, law, and democracy developed over the last two centuries; how they interacted with one another and with the other economic and social dimensions of development; and, finally, how they have shown signs of decay in the United States and in other developed democracies. Political order and political decay has been called the companion volume to Fukuyama's The Origins of Political Order. Fukuyama writes with intelligence, eloquence, and erudition, making for an enjoyable read and a painless study.

Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He was a researcher at the RAND Corporation and served as the deputy director for the State Department's policy planning staff.

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The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, Tuesday, October 28 at 5pm
A Chicago Council on Global Affairs Program

Political order and political decay

Chicago-born Stanford University professor Fukuyama speaks about his new book, a sequel to his influential Origins of Political Order. This new work takes up the essential question of how societies develop strong, impersonal, and accountable political institutions, following the story from the French Revolution to the so-called Arab Spring and the deep dysfunctions of contemporary American politics.

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Francis Fukuyama has 4 media appearances.

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The Colbert Report, Monday, May 2, 2011 at 0am
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Booknotes, Sunday, February 9, 1992
Francis Fukuyama discusses The End of History and the Last Man.

Mr. Fukuyama discussed his book, The End of History and the Last Man, in which he contends that the shaping forces of history tend toward liberal democracy, a system in which both free elections and constitutional rights are guaranteed. He also explores the implications of this form of government and questions whether liberty and equality can yield a stable society. Mr. Fukuyama is a former director of the Office of Planning for the U.S. Department of State. (timspalding)… (more)

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