CV and Recent Publications

Hilton Root CV

Publication Highlights (since 2017)


Network Origins of the Global Economy: East Vs. West in a Complex Systems Perspective. Cambridge University Press, 2020.

The Fountain of Privilege: Political Foundations of Markets in Old Regime France and England (U.C Press Voices Revived).”  Field-defining publications from decades past, best book in Economic History from the Social Sciences History Association. Berkely: The University of California Press, 2018.


“Revolution in Global Economy (Chinese Translation of Network Origins).” Beijing: CITIC Press, 2022.

“Dynamics Among Nations: The Evolution of Legitimacy and Development in Modern States (Chinese translation).” Beijing: CITIC Press, 2017.

“Capital & Collusion: Political Logic of Global Economic Development (Chinese translation).” Beijing: CITIC Press, 2017.

Articles and Book Chapters

“An Agenda for Complex Systems Research in Political Economy,” in Handbook of Complexity Economics, ed(s) Ping Chen, Wolfram Elsner, and Andreas Pyka. London and New York: Routledge, 2023, section IV.1.1.

“The Ecology of Innovation: The Evolution of a Research Paradigm,” in The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem:  A Global Perspective, ed(s) by Zoltan J. Acs, Esteban Lafuente and László Szerb. Palgrave McMillan, 2023, ch. 12.

Disruptive Innovation in the Economic Organization of China and the West,” Journal of Institutional Economics, September, 2022. Blog Broadstreet, September 13th, 2022.

Unintended Order and Self-Organization in the Evolutionary Social Theory of  Friedrich Hayek,” in Humanity and Nature in Economic Thought: Searching for the Organic Origins of the Economy, ed(s) by Gábor István Bíró. London and New York: Routledge, 2022, ch. 8.

Scale and Complexity in Political Economy: A Question of Liberty” with Joseph A. E. Shaheen, Dersu E. Tanca, and James W. Vizzard, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, LII:1, 2021.

The Feudal Origins of the Western Legal Tradition” with Cameron Harwick, ORDO, vol 70, no. 1, pp., 3–20, 2020. “Different Modelling Purposes” with Bruce Edmonds, Christophe Le Page, Mike Bithell, Edmund Chattoe-Brown, Volker Grimm, Ruth Meyer, Cristina Montañola-Sales, Paul Ormerod, and Flaminio Squazzoni, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 6, 2019. 

Keynes, Hayek, and the Roots of Complexity Theory in Economics,” Journal on Policy and Complex Systems, vol. 4, no. 1, 2018. 

Network Assemblage of Regime Stability and Resilience,” Journal of Institutional Economics, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 523-548, 2017. Nominated for the Elinor Ostrom prize. 


Religion and the Great Divergence of East and West: The Persistent Effects of Networks of Church and State in the History of China and Europe,” SSRN, 2022.

The Role of Complex Networks and Selection in Political Economy,” SSRN 2022. 


Is China’s Free Market Experience Really Over?” with Liu Baocheng, The National Interest, December 14th, 2022.

Wanted: Harsh Realism at the World Bank,” The National Interest, May 21st, 2019.

Understanding the US-China Trade Disconnect” with Liu Baocheng, The Diplomat, July 10th, 2019.

China Still Needs to Learn One of the Great Lessons of Economic History,” CAPX, November 21st, 2018.

Playing the Long Game in U.S.- China Relations,” Real Clear Politics, October 11th, 2018.

Preventative Chaos: Global fracture may be where the next generation of economic opportunities are hiding,” U.S. News and World Report, February 21st, 2018.

Who Control’s America’s China Policy,” Real Clear Politics, October 19th, 2017.

Book Reviews

Review of The Rise and Fall of Imperial China, by Yuhua Wang, The Independent Review, Spring 2023 (Forthcoming).

Review of The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous, by Joseph Henrich, EH.Net (October 2020).

Review of Has the West Lost It,? by Kishore Mahbubani, The Independent Review 25(1) (Summer 2020).

Review of The Invisible Hand?: How Market Economies Have Emerged and Declined Since AD 500, by Bas Van Bavel, The Independent Review 2) (Fall 2018).