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    DescriptionThe latest work from Niall Ferguson, bestselling author of "Empire", "The Great Degneration" is based on his 2012 BBC Reith Lectures 'The Rule of Law and Its Enemies'. The decline of the West is something that has long been prophesied. Symptoms of decline are all around us today, it seems: slowing growth, crushing debts, aging populations, anti-social behaviour. But what exactly is amiss with Western civilization? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, is that our institutions - the intricate frameworks within which a society can flourish or fail - are degenerating. Representative government, the free market, the rule of law and civil society: these were once the four pillars of West European and North American societies. It was these institutions, rather than any geographical or climatic advantages, that set the West on the path to global dominance after around 1500. In our time, however, these institutions have deteriorated in disturbing ways. Our democracies have broken the contract between the generations by heaping IOUs on our children and grandchildren. Our markets are increasingly distorted by over-complex regulations that are in fact the disease of which they purport to be the cure. The rule of law has metamorphosed into the rule of lawyers. And civil society has degenerated into uncivil society, where we lazily expect all our problems to be solved by the state. The Degeneration of the West a powerful - and in places polemical - indictment of an era of negligence and complacency. While the Arab world struggles to adopt democracy, and while China struggles to move from economic liberalization to the rule of law, Europeans and Americans alike are frittering away the institutional inheritance of centuries. To arrest the degeneration of the West's once dominant civilization, Ferguson warns, will take heroic leadership and radical reform.


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    Title
    The Great Degeneration
    Subtitle
    How Institutions Decay and Economies Die
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Niall Ferguson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 220 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 369 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846147326
    ISBN 10: 1846147328
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: KC, JF
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17830
    LC subject heading:
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QFH
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010
    BIC subject category V2: 1QFH
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    DC23: 300
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    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    ALLEN LANE
    Publication date
    17 October 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Niall Ferguson is one of Britain's most renowned historians.He is the author of Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschild, The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus, Empire, Colossus, The War of the World, The Ascent of Money, High Financier and Civilization. He has written and presented six highly successful television series for Channel Four: Empire, American Colossus, The War of the World, The Ascent of Money, Civilization and China: Triumph and Turmoil.
    Review quote
    Brilliantly written, full of wit and virtuosity, stuffed with memorable lines and gorgeous bits of information. A great read The Times (on Civilization) A dazzling history of Western ideas ... epic Economist This is sharp. It feels urgent. Ferguson... twists his knife with great literary brio -- Andrew Marr (on Civilization) A masterpiece ... fascinating facts burst like fireworks on every page Sunday Times Brings history alive for the reader with a dazzling knowledge ... peerless Independent on Sunday