The Narrow Corridor by Daron Acemoğlu

The Narrow Corridor

'A must-read. Acemoglu and Robinson are intellectual heavyweights of the first rank . . . erudite and fascinating' Paul Collier, Guardian, on Why Nations FailBy the authors of the international bestseller Why Nations Fail, based on decades of research, this powerful new big-picture framework explains how some countries develop towards and provide liberty while others fall to despotism, anarchy or asphyxiating norms- and explains how liberty can t...

Details The Narrow Corridor

TitleThe Narrow Corridor
Release DateSep 26th, 2019
GenrePolitics, Economics, History, Nonfiction, Political Science

Reviews The Narrow Corridor

  • Athan Tolis
    The Narrow Corridor is the sequel to one of the best books ever.Last time around, authors Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson explained “How Nations Fail.” In short, they said three things:1. There are two types of politics: inclusive and extractive2. There are two types of economic institutions: inclusive and extractive3. In order not to fail, your nation needs to have both, inclusive politics and inclusive economic institutions.The book cause...
  • Vysloczil
    The word "institution" is contained 404 times in this book. On roughly 550 pages. The quick general advice would be this: if you look for a good economic/historic account on why the world evolved the way it did, and why some countries are rich and others not, do not read this book. Go look somewhere else and read people that actually spent their whole careers thinking and researching thoroughly about these questions. It is a very one-sided and pa...
  • David Mihalyi
    As a development economist myself, I have followed the work of the authors closely in the past decade and I am strongly convinced by the essence of their earlier book, Why Nations Fail. That book distinguished between extractive and inclusive political and economic institutions and explained how these shaped their subsequent economic development.They maintain that it is not geography, not good policies, nor culture (though they do soften their st...
  • Larry Massaro
    This is a very big book with a distinct thesis—to my knowledge, an original one—and it’s downright encyclopedic in providing supporting examples. I’ve not read the authors’ previous book, How Nations Fail, so I’m not sure how much of this thesis continues earlier work. Though Acemoglu and Robinson are economists, The Narrow Corridor is only tangentially about economics; rather, the subjects here are political history, political theory...
  • Laurent Franckx
    A few years ago, Acemoglu's and Robinson "Why nation fails" became an international bestseller, and I remember I hugely enjoyed reading the book. If you haven't heard of it before, the central thesis in the book was that the key factor determining long term economic growth is not a country's geography, religion, or a level of education, but the quality of its institutions. The book has also drawn some criticisms, the most important of which is: h...
  • Ramil
    Davamlı inkişaf üçün yalnız güclü dövlətin olması kifayət etmir. Bununla bərabər, güclü dövlət üzərində nəzarət mexanizmi formalaşdırmaq üçün güclü toplum da vacibdi. Çünki yalnız dövlət güclü olduğu zaman bu gücdən toplumu zəiflətmək üçün istifadə edir ki, toplum onların verdiyi qərarlara təsir göstərə bilməsin və onlar öz istədiklərini etsinlər. Dolayısıyla, toplumun düşünməsinə ...
  • Mehrsa
    I went back and forth about whether I should read this and then I decided to just read it. As I was reading, I went back and forth about whether I should keep reading, but I just finished by default. I am still just neutral or mixed about it. It’s way too broad and unscientific to be a useful formula.I agree generally that there’s a “narrow corridor” or a sweet spot for state power and I agree that states can enter and leave this sweet sp...
  • Jukka Aakula
    It has been evident for some time that the US Left like Sanders have been eager to find solutions from the Scandinavian model to the US problems of poverty and inefficient and unjust health care system.It is interesting even non-left-wingers like the economist Daron Acemoğlu and his intellectual friend the economist and political scientist James A. Robinson are doing the same. Of course they are not maybe proposing the US to copy the contents of...
  • Richard Marney
    This is a more demanding read than the authors’ classic, Why Nations Fail. Be prepared to put it down from time to time, mildly disheartened by the lengthy digressions into the history of little known societies employed by the authors to support their arguments, only to realise later (helped by some side reading on Greek, Arabic, African, etc. history.........) how helpful understanding the background is. Hard works this!!!My take away? The cen...
  • Jessica ☕ Rodrigues
    I picked this one up because I really enjoyed "Why Nations Fail" and this was just as expected. Acemoglu and Robinson do a masterful job of explaining very esoteric nonfiction in such a way that you are nodding your head right along with it as if you already knew. It's a bit of a behemoth (my Kindle reading time clocked in at around 12 hours) but it gives plenty of opportunities to step aside and return without losing your place, frequently doing...
  • Øivind
  • Will A
    Read Fukuyama, "The Origins of Political Order" instead.
  • Todd Stockslager
    Review title: Theory and practice in government and liberty.The great philosophers of the Enlightenment (Hobbes and Locke most prominently) and the practical revolutionaries of the British North American colonies (Jefferson, Hamilton, and Madison foremost among them) agreed that liberties were both individual, universal, and God-given--and that the establishment and protection of these liberties required the voluntary bargain by the country to es...
  • Jiliac
    Such a great book. My new favorite. The comparison to the authors' previous book, "Why Nations Fail", is mandatory. Their previous book explains why inclusive government institution leads to prosperity (and inversely, having extractive institutions leads to poverty). Although this thesis wasn't so original, I think it had the best argument. On the other hand, this book deals with the *process* of creating this inclusive institutions. I have never...
  • Nurlan Mustafayev
    It is a very thought-provoking book which raises more questions than answers, as it should be. Unlike their first book Why Nations Fail, this book is more detailed and less of meta-history but is focused on the relationship between creating a capable state and democracy. There are very few mentions of ‘institutions’, ‘inclusive’ or ‘extractive’ government, which were subject to a lot of critical reviews in the past. The authors argue ...
  • Nadja
    Acemoğlu and Robinson's 2012 book, "Why Nations Fail", examined the "success" and "failure" of states primarily through the discussion of institutions, saying that both political and economic institutions must be truly inclusive and more people have a voice in how they are run and that "exclusive" institutions which benefit a small group at the expense of others are burdened in the long run because there is less of an incentive towards innovatio...
  • andrew
    i. acemoglu and robinson are super convinced geography isn't destiny. apparently western european's global dominance wasn't due to guns, germs or steel -- it was due to an accident of culture. the region was steeped in both the robust institutions of the roman empire in the south and the "participatory norms and institutions" of the germanic peoples of the north. together, they created the opposing pressures necessary to keep societies and instit...
  • Dbishai
    Loved seeing a systematic approach to assessing dozens and dozens of historical case studies in the framework of competition between the state and civil society to achieve what authors call a "shackled Leviathan". State checks excesses of social movements and social movements check the overreach of would be autocratic states.Readers must read critically--authors' method is subject to "just-so" stories and overfitting. There is also the elephant i...
  • Alex Kondrashin
    A spectacularly dumb summation of neoliberal prejudices about the fundamental nature of economic growth. It asserts, that european states evolved as they did because of Roman imperial and German noble heritage, that Korea has been growing rapidly because of hahaha, wait for it...Globalization! WTF?! Also some China doom and gloom is included (another graveyard of neoliberal prophecies). This book is essential for understanding how dumb and shallo...
  • Stephen King
    What can I say? Marvelous, compelling and balanced. A tour de force of the ways in which different states evolve and adapt using Hobbes’ Leviathan as the original point of reference. Full of real world examples which somewhat temper the idea that we’re all going to hell in a handbasket. Excoriating analysis of why China will ultimately be slowed in its development and why creativity, innovation and ‘liberty’ is an essential spur to develo...
  • Christian Oltra
    Es un buen libro, con una tesis sólida y algun capítulo muy destacado sobre el cambio social en países seleccionados. Como el libro Por que fracasan los países, hay momentos brillantes pero también deja la sensación, en ocasiones, de que la teoria es manipulada para que todo cuadre. Es una sensacion agridulce, pero la idea básica -que hace falta un estado sólido y controlado y una sociedad libre y activa para el progreso social- parece ba...
  • David
    Progressive/Socialist [sort of ] and globalist elitism at its best and somewhat impenetrable. A good read but much of the data was cherry-picked and the book was overwritten. There are those that will be moved by the arguments of the book and others who will react badly to them. This is to be expected. Ultimately it is a good book marred by overwriting, cherry-picked data, progressive, globalist elitism.Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • lones
    The Narrow Corridor is too good to miss out. The main thesis of an ever challenging duality of state and civil society is put to paper via different examples on numerous countries. I enyojed the book immensely. One minor complaint might be that after understanding the main thesis it becomes repetitive...countries which might be of a lesser interest might bore the reader.
  • Hans Sandberg
    The Narrow Corridor provides a simple, but powerful model for thinking about the world. Makes me want to re-read Fujiyama's two books about the origins of power and political order. in a world of increasing closemindedness, and political nostalgia, we need books like these that can open your mind.
  • Jeff
    These people knowThey have done it again. A great treatise on the nature of human thriving as a result of the constant and healthy tension that must exist between states and societies. This has already changed the way I teach economics (as did their previous book).
  • sillypunk
  • Masayuki Arai
    good comparative statics
  • Scott Lines
    I was torn between 4 and 5 stars, went with 5 because overall the book was good and really informative, with interesting examples, however I believe it was a tad too long in places.