Professor James Robinson (Pearson Institute director and co-author with Daron Acemoglu of the bestselling book Why Nations Fail) sat down with Root of Conflict to discuss his new book "The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies and the Fate of Liberty." In his new book, he and his co-author explore how an incessant struggle between the state and society allows countries to enter a narrow corridor between despotism and lawlessness and to develop liberty and inclusive institutions. In a wide-ranging conversation, Robinson applied the theory of his new book to peace in Colombia, U.S. history, China’s use of technology to oppress citizens, and populist movements in Europe.
Podcast Production Credit: Interviewers: Manuel Bustamante and Sonnet Frisbie.
Episode edited and mixed by Yi Ning Wong.
Production assistance from Haz Yano and David Raban.