John Gray

Destination Denmark

Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy

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‘A liberal democracy,’ according to Francis Fukuyama, ‘cannot be said to be humanly universal, since such regimes have existed for only the last two centuries in the history of a species that goes back tens of thousands of years. But development is a coherent process that produces general as well as specific evolution – that is, the convergence of institutions across culturally disparate societies over time.’ Fukuyama intends this declaration as a statement of the idea that underlies this book – the bulky second instalment of what his publisher describes as ‘the most important work of political thought in at least a generation’. 

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