For example, geography plays an important role in shaping institutions, and weak governments in West Africa may be seen as a consequence of the unnavigable rivers in the region.
Diamond insists geographical factors dominate why countries are rich and poor today. And while Acemoglu and Robinson have documented this thesis during roughly 15 years of joint research, now, in their new book, Why Nations Fail, released this week by Crown Publishers, they look more closely than ever at the collapse or stagnation of countries that lack these inclusive political systems.
Rogozinski alleges the authors in efforts to portray Carlos Slim as having unsuccessful business tactics in the United States due to the justice system, the authors reference Slim losing a CompUSA franchise court case in a Dallas Texas.
For example, their accusation of Ottoman Empire as "highly absolutist" might not be correct, given the level of tolerance and diversity inside the Empire as compared to its European counterparts. Moreover, Easterly also points out the danger of ex-post rationalization that the book only attributes different levels of development to institutions in a way a bit too neat.
The Soviet Union boasted a tremendous growth rate — 6 percent annually — between andas it changed from an agricultural to an industrial economy. Arvind Subramanian[ edit ] Indian economist Arvind Subramanian points out the potential problem of reverse causality in Acemoglu and Robinson's theory in his publication in The American Interest.
However, profits from increasing international trade extended de facto political power beyond the monarch to commercially engaged nobles and a new rising merchant class. Finally, some countries with similar kinds of natural resources have taken sharply different economic paths in the modern era; the average Spaniard is six times as wealthy as the average Peruvian, for instance.
By conducting regression analysis on the interaction variable between institution type and the Atlantic trade, the paper also demonstrates a significant interaction between the Atlantic Trade and the political institution: the presence of an absolutist monarch power hampers the effect of the Atlantic Trade on economic rise.
Sachs also questions Acemoglu and Robinson's assumption that authoritarian regimes cannot motivate economic growth. Though the two countries are by far some of the most inclusive economies in the world, various parts of them are, by nature, extractive—for instance, the existence of a shadow banking system, of conglomerate manufacturers, and so on.
At the same time, raising the standard of living—including health service, education—will substantially raise the probability of political freedom. Unchanged Yes If the benefits for revolution are higher, revolution appeals more to the poor and thus the rich again have more incentive to redistribute to avoid revolution Based on the analysis above, it is not hard to conclude that the threat of revolution constantly incentivizes the rich to democratize.