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Episode 19: James Robinson on What Makes a Successful State

Why do some nations fail in their lurch towards liberty while others succeed? James Robinson joins Vasant Dhar in episode 19 of Brave New World to explain why there is no simple answer to that question — but the balance between the state and society is central to understanding it. Also discussed: the developing challenge of Big Tech.

Useful resources:
1. The Narrow Corridor: How Nations Struggle for Liberty — Daron Acemoglu and James A Robinson.
2. Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty —  Daron Acemoglu and James A Robinson.
3. Erik Brynjolfsson on the Second Machine Age — Episode 18 of Brave New World.