Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty Setting & Symbolism

Daron Acemo─člu
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Inclusive Institutions

Inclusive institutions are political and economic institutions that are responsive to the interests of the public as a whole. These include democratic governments and market economies.

Extractive Institutions

Extractive institutions are political and economic institutions that are responsive only to the interests of a social and political elite and that exploit and oppress the people as a whole. These include absolute monarchies, modern Latin American and African dictatorships and authoritarian governments like China.

Critical Junctures

Critical junctures describe periods in history where a country is able to choose to move in a more inclusive or extractive direction.

Institutional Drift

Institutional drift is the process by which institutions evolve, often guided by critical junctures. Institutional drift tends to move in an extractive or inclusive direction.

Virtuous Cycles

Virtuous cycles are cycles of inclusive institutions leading to increasingly inclusive institutions. Virtuous cycles are hard to produce and hard...

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