Author(s): Francis Fukuyama
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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.
Francis Fukuyama, author of the bestselling 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.
Francis Fukuyama's most important book since the pathbreaking End of History
"'Fukuyama remains as prominent as ever' (FT) 'Elegant, honest, persuasive... he attacks his former academic allies and friends... with a relentless and awesome force' (Glasgow Herald) 'It should be read by every democrat - and every dictator.' (Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times) 'Thoroughly worthwhile... [the book] will give many thoughtful people a sensible path forward' (Spectator)"
Francis Fukuyama is the author of The End of History, The Great Disruption  Our Posthuman Future , State Building  and After the Neocons . All have been international bestsellers, translated and published in many languages. They have also been hugely influential. Fukuyama is in constant demand around the world in the media and as a speaker. He is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford.