Political Order and Political Decay

From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy
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The pursuit of a strong, accountable government is seen as a driver of history in Dr. Francis Fukuyama’s new book, Political Order and Political Decay, the second volume of his epic study of politics and the state after 2011’s The Origins of Political Order. In this comprehensive work, Fukuyama surveys the political developments of the past 250 years, from the French Revolution to the Arab Spring, focusing on the often clashing demands of a well-functioning state, from political accountability to the rule of law.

Dr. Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, has written widely on issues in development and international politics. His book, The End of History and the Last Man, has appeared in over twenty foreign editions. Other works include America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy, Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution, and Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity. He is a member of the board at New America.

With the collapse of communism after the Cold War, democracy is now the dominant political system of our time. But as money and special interests increasingly manipulate our government, can countries like the United States ward off decay and deal with the challenges of the 21st century? Join New America for a riveting discussion with one of the premier intellectual leaders of our time.

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Francis Fukuyama
Author, Political Order and Political Decay
Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
Board Member, New America

Michael Lind
Policy Director, Economic Growth Program, New America @EconomicGrowth