The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What general assumption is made by the author in the Preface?

In the Preface, the general assumption made by the author is that our modern political state derived from tribal groups, but that evidence suggests an evolutionary model does not always fit.

2. What does Fukayama outline in Chapter 1?

In Chapter 1, Fukayama outlines the increase in democratic countries during the 20th century. Most democratic nations reverted to an authoritarian rule and democracies began to decline during the 1990's.

3. What does Fukayama identify as the three main institutions of modern democracy?

The three main institutions of modern democracy according to Fukayama include the state, the rule of law, and an accountable government.

4. What will a successful modern democracy have?

A successful modern democracy will have a state, law, and an accountable government in balance, though they will sometimes conflict. The example he provides is when a state arises to wield power, but a government that is accountable exists to keep the power in check. These institutions need to be viewed in light of the process of political decay

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