About the talk:
Why does liberty flourish in some states, but falls to authoritarianism or anarchy in others? At a moment when liberty feels threatened, how can we make it thrive instead? In their new book, James Robinson and co-author Daron Acemoglu argue that rather than being the natural order of things, political liberty is a rare and delicate balance struck between state and society. Drawing from both history and current events, the authors show that the path to liberty is a “narrow corridor” kept open only by this constant and fundamental struggle.
Join author James Robinson for a discussion of his new book, moderated by Yascha Mounk, senior fellow at the SNF Agora Institute and author of The People Vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Fix It. A book signing will follow the talk.
This event is co-sponsored by the International Development program at Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University.
About James Robinson:
James Robinson is a political scientist and economist as well as the co-author of the international bestseller, Why Nations Fail:The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty. He is the Pearson Professor of Global Conflict and serves as Institute Director for the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts at the University of Chicago. Focused on Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa, his research examines the underlying relationship between poverty, institutions of a society and political conflicts.
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