Most Recent Work
Dynamics Among Nations: The Evolution of Legitimacy and Development in Modern States (Cambridge: The MIT Press).
Dynamics Among Nations: The Evolution of Legitimacy and Development in Modern States examines three related areas: liberal internationalism as a source of global norms; the comparative and historical dynamics of state-building; and the use of complexity models to understand the emergence and evolution of social institutions.
- 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 […]Read More »
- 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 […]Read More »
- 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 http://www.paulormerod.com/ discussion of network effects and social choices in Positive Linking http://www.amazon.co.uk/Positive-Linking-Networks-Revolutionise-World/dp/0571279201. Paul shared his ideas with my […]Read More »
- 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.Read More »