Politics and Economics

Politics and Economics

Francis Fukuyama’s Theory of the State
Published: April 15, 2011
Francis Fukuyama argues that a combination of three political concepts changed the world.

2 Responses

  1. The article is a review of Francis Fukuyama’s The Origins of Political Order. The inspiration for the book came from Fukuyama’s foreword to Samuel Huntington’s Political Order in Changing Societies and while he was studying the problems and issues of failed and weak states. Fukuyama became famous for his essay “The End of History?” where he made an argument for the end of history by proving that the end of ideological evolution had come in the form of Western liberal democracy. The book argues that the three components, a strong state, the rule of law, and governmental accountability had been established in Britain by the 18th century and thus the modern political order was established. Fukuyama asserts that for an effective economy, a strong state is a prerequisite, and the other way around as other libertarians would argue.

  2. I found these articles relevant to the recent Senkaku/Diaoyu island dispute in Asia, where Japan, Taiwan and China all claimed sovereignty over the island. The issue can be viewed as a present example of the formation of world/ regional political orders. Using Fukuyama’s argument that modern day political order was instituted because of the British establishment of the three components, it is predictable to see China and Japan have been using past agreements among nations (the Treaty of San Francisco, for example) to claim their authorities over the island. The tension caused China to impose economic sanctions against Japan. The involvement of the U.S. and Taiwan’s nuanced relationship with China, in which China asserted its ownership over Taiwan, have made the dispute “stormier.” To conclude with Fukuyama’s assertion, a strong state is indeed a crucial prerequisite for an effective economy.

    Here are the links for the articles:

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