The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

Author: Francis Fukuyama

Howard’s Note: For broader understanding of political concepts – Fukuyama doesn’t talk about local government as such, but his concepts can and should be applied to it – The Origins of Political Order and Political Order and Political Decay, by Francis Fukuyama, are vital. One point he makes is that ALL political orders, from democracy to Communism to Fascism to monarchy, tend to degenerate, apart from eternal vigilance, into “patrimonialism” or crony capitalism.

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