The Origins of Political Order

The Origins of Political Order

From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

eBook - 2011 | First edition.
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The author examines the paths that different societies have taken to reach their current forms of political order.
Publisher: ©2011
New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, [2011]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781429958936
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 585 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: pt. 5. Toward a theory of political development. Political development and political decay
Political development, then and now.
pt. 4. Accountable government. The rise of political accountability
Rente seekers
Patrimonialism crosses the Atlantic
East of the Elbe
Toward a more perfect absolutism
Taxation and representation
Why accountability? Why absolutism?
pt. 3. The rule of law. The origins of the rule of law
The church becomes a state
The state becomes a church
Oriental despotism
Stationary bandits.
pt. 2. State building. Chinese tribalism
War and the rise of the Chinese state
The great Han system
Political decay and the return of patrimonial government
The Indian detour
Varnas and jatis
Weaknesses of Indian politics
Slavery and the Muslim exit from tribalism
The Mamluks save Islam
The functioning and decline of the Ottoman state
Christianity undermines the family.
pt. 1. Before the state. The necessity of politics
The state of nature
The tyranny of cousins
Tribal societies : property, justice, war
The coming of the leviathan.
Summary: The author examines the paths that different societies have taken to reach their current forms of political order.


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Jul 02, 2015

Very well-written - it might have been very dry, and it wasn't.

debwalker May 12, 2011

Let's hear it for liberal democracy. "A lively, fascinating and readable milestone in historical and political sociology. It will also be an essential guide to the future direction of world politics."
Andrew Preston
Globe & Mail May 6 2011


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