Why nations fail?

Book of the year

FT-Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award

Arthur Ross Book Award

- Honorable Mention for Why Nations Fail by Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Arthur Ross Book Award for the best book published on international affairs

Eccles Prize

- awarded for the most substantial broad impact on applications of economics in business or public policy

Best book of 2012

one of the Economist and Financial Times’ “Best Books of 2012’ and Washington Post TOP 10

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New York Times

“Why Nations Fail is a wildly ambitious work that hopscotches through history and around the world to answer the very big question of why some countries get rich and others don’t.”

Jared Diamond

"Should be required reading for politicians and anyone concerned with economic development."

Michael Spence, Nobel laureate in economics, 2001

“This is not only a fascinating and interesting book: it is a really important one. The highly original research that Professors Acemoglu and Robinson have done, and continue to do, on how economic forces, politics, and policy choices evolve together and constrain each other, and how institutions affect that evolution, is essential to understanding the successes and failures of societies and nations. And here, in this book, these insights come in a highly accessible, indeed riveting form. Those who pick this book up and start reading will have trouble putting it down.”

Washington Post

"...bracing, garrulous, wildly ambitious and ultimately hopeful. It may, in fact, be a bit of a masterpiece."

Peter Diamond, Nobel Laureate in Economics

“This important and insightful book, packed with historical examples, makes the case that inclusive political institutions in support of inclusive economic institutions is key to sustained prosperity. The book reviews how some good regimes got launched and then had a virtuous spiral, while bad regimes remain in a vicious spiral.  This is important analysis not to be missed.” 

More about the book

Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine? Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are? Simply, no. None of these factors is either definitive or destiny. Otherwise, how to explain why Botswana has become one of the fastest growing countries in the world, while other African nations, such as Zimbabwe, the Congo, and Sierra Leone, are mired in poverty and violence?