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A World of Insecurity

Democratic Disenchantment in Rich and Poor Countries

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$27.95 • £22.95 • €25.00

ISBN 9780674259843

Publication Date: 10/18/2022

Academic Trade

240 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches


In this important book, Pranab Bardhan explores how and why the insecurities of our age have metastasized into our democratic institutions. These cancers on democracy block the cooperation necessary for solution of all other major problems. Thus, they are arguably the most consequential developments of our times.—George Akerlof, 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economics

Pranab Bardhan is one of the wisest social scientists writing today, and the hallmarks of his writing are parsimony, clarity, and the depth of ideas. Indeed, the ratio of ideas to pages is among the highest in our field. A World of Insecurity is a panoramic book weaving together an analysis of the current economic and political crisis, acutely discussed by a master political economist.—John Roemer, Yale University

A World of Insecurity is an outstanding work. Bardhan tackles hard questions without illusions but also without becoming disillusioned.—Samuel Bowles, Santa Fe Institute, author of The Moral Economy: Why Good Incentives Are No Substitute for Good Citizens

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