The Open Society is Under Threat

Why do nations fail? For the veterans of the Greek crisis, this question remains sadly topical. The central theory of "Why Nations Fail" focuses on institutions: states with open (inclusive) political and economic institutions are prosperous; states with exploitative or "extractive" institutions are sinking. 

According to Robinson, the Greek economy needs investments, entrepreneurship, capitalism and innovation. Austerity may have been necessary, but the reduction in wages and pensions does not solve the institutional problem. 

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Folha de S. Paulo


Eliminating criminal factions is impossible

University of Chicago political scientist who researches criminal factions in Latin America and the United States, Pearson Faculty Affiliate Benjamin Lessing says that the elimination of these groups is impossible and sees an exaggerated bet on incarceration as one of the explanations for the serious public security situation in Brazil.

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RG Connect 18


Institutions and GRecovery

Institute Director James Robinson presents themes from his book Why Nations Fail at the RG Connect 18 Conference in London.

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Sunni Fighters Gather in Formation.

MAKHMOUR, IRAQ - NOVEMBER 19, 2015: Sunni fighters opposing the Islamic State gather in formation along the front line near the IS-controlled village of Haj Ali in the southern Mosul countryside.


MAGNUM / Moises Saman