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    DescriptionVirtually 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.

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    Origins of Political Order
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Professor Francis Fukuyama
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 608
    Width: 164 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 47 mm
    Weight: 885 g
    ISBN 13: 9780374227340
    ISBN 10: 0374227349

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    black & white tables, maps, figures
    Farrar Straus Giroux
    Imprint name
    Farrar Straus Giroux
    Publication date
    12 April 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He has previously taught at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University and at the George Mason University School of Public Policy. He was a researcher at the RAND Corporation and served as the deputy director in the State Department's policy planning staff. He is the author of "The End of History and the Last Man," "Trust," and "America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy." He lives with his wife in California.
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    "Ambitious and highly readable."--"The New Yorker" "Political theorist Francis Fukuyama's new book is a major accomplishment, likely to find its place among the works of seminal thinkers like Jean-Jacques Rousseau and John Locke, and modern moral philosophers and economists such as John Rawls and Amartya Sen . . .It is a perspective and a voice that can supply a thinker's tonic for our current political maladies."--Earl Pike, "The Cleveland Plain Dealer" "An intellectual triumph--bold in scope, sound in judgment, and rich in provocations; in short, a classic."--Ian Morris, "Slate " "A sweeping survey that tries to explain why human beings act as they do in the political sphere. Magisterial in its learning and admirably immodest in its ambition."--David Gress, "The Wall Street Journal""In many respects, Fukuyama is an ideal guide for this enormous undertaking. He combines a deep expertise in political institutions with an impressive familiarity of world history, philosophy and social theory. An engaging writer, his prose crackles with sharp observations and illuminating comparisons, and the book marshals a breathtaking array of stimulating facts and provocative generalizations. Who knew, for instance, that the tsetse fly retarded the spread of Islam into sub-Saharan Africa? Simply as a compendium of fascinating minutiae and social science theory, the book offers a treasure trove to the casual student of political history. More important, Fukuyama's book can help us appreciate why so many countries fail to combine the strong institutions, rule of law and accountability that are the hallmark of peaceful and prosperous nations." --Eric Oliver, "San Francisco Chronicle""Fukuyama's intellectual instincts hard-wire him into the most geopolitically strategic--not to mention dangerous--corners of the world....[He] is arguably the world's bestselling contemporary political scientist... His new book, "The Origins of Political Order," which hits bookstores this week, seeks t