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Hilton Root discusses diversities in global development

Posted: November 6, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Is democracy in China’s future?

Posted: December 5, 2013 at 11:10 am, Last Updated: December 5, 2013 at 11:20 am

US democracy arose in a federalist context; as part of a social contract it secured the consent of the states to join the union. Two other enduring democracies share this precondition: the Europe Union, whose leadership, determined by an electoral system, ensures rotation among equals; and the Indian republic formed in 1947, which faced similar […]

Will Globalization End American Exceptionalism: Ecological Perspective

Posted: December 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm, Last Updated: December 4, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Throughout most of its history, the United States enjoyed the rare position of being a global player by choice. Until a generation or so ago, the U.S. could wish the world away. Then when it finally welcomed “connectivity,” engagement was on its terms. The young republic enjoyed three conditions unique in the history of state […]

On the structure of global networks and China

Posted: December 3, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Blog 2: (This is part 2 of a series addressing the main themes of my new book, Dynamics Among Nations, published by MIT Press). On the structure of global networks and China (This essay considers Paul Ormerod’s discussion of network effects and social choices in Positive Linking Paul shared his ideas with my […]

The Limits of Convergence

Posted: October 31, 2013 at 2:59 pm, Last Updated: November 11, 2013 at 7:32 pm

The extremely impressive fiscal performance of the liberal regimes of North Western Europe, during the early modern period (1600-1800) did not inspire a continent-wide dynamic of convergence towards liberal forms of governance.