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In a healthy democracy, power starts at the top — and the bottom

K. Sabeel Rahman
The Washington Post

At the heart of Acemoglu and Robinson’s argument is a central insight that for liberty to flourish, societies require both a strong state and a strong civil society.

From the protests in Hong Kong to the increasing power of ethnonationalist governments in India and Europe and the troubling overreach of leaders like President Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and President Trump in the United States, our global crisis of democracy has never been more apparent or urgent. In their latest book, “The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty,” political economists Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson hark back to an earlier tradition of postwar social science, asking a fundamental question: What explains the rise and fall of democracy and dictatorship? In so doing, they offer a provocative framework for analyzing our current moment of democratic crisis.

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