Stock Image

The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die

Ferguson, Niall

ISBN 10: 1846147433 / ISBN 13: 9781846147432
Published by Allen Lane, 2012
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
From Green Street Books (San Mateo, CA, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since November 9, 2015

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 1.50 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 4.00 Within U.S.A. Destination, rates & speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

1846147433 May have publisher overstock mark on spine or light creases. No writing or discoloring marks. Please view our store policies for all shipping and condition grades, thank you. Bookseller Inventory # SKU101731

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: The Great Degeneration: How Institutions ...

Publisher: Allen Lane

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: PAPERBACK

Book Condition:Very Good

About this title

Synopsis:

The decline of the West is something that has long been prophesied. Symptoms of decline are all around us today, it seems: slowing growth, crushing debts, aging populations, anti-social behaviour. But what exactly is amiss with Western civilization? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, is that our institutions - the intricate frameworks within which a society can flourish or fail - are degenerating. Representative government, the free market, the rule of law and civil society: these were once the four pillars of West European and North American societies. It was these institutions, rather than any geographical or climatic advantages, that set the West on the path to global dominance after around 1500. In our time, however, these institutions have deteriorated in disturbing ways. Our democracies have broken the contract between the generations by heaping IOUs on our children and grandchildren. Our markets are increasingly distorted by over-complex regulations that are in fact the disease of which they purport to be the cure. The rule of law has metamorphosed into the rule of lawyers. And civil society has degenerated into uncivil society, where we lazily expect all our problems to be solved by the state. "The Degeneration of the West" a powerful - and in places polemical - indictment of an era of negligence and complacency. While the Arab world struggles to adopt democracy, and while China struggles to move from economic liberalization to the rule of law, Europeans and Americans alike are frittering away the institutional inheritance of centuries. To arrest the degeneration of the West's once dominant civilization, Ferguson warns, will take heroic leadership and radical reform. This book is based on Niall Ferguson's 2012 BBC Reith Lectures, which were broadcast under the title "The Rule of Law and Its Enemies".

About the Author:

Niall Ferguson is the bestselling author of Civilization, High Financier, The Ascent of Money, The War of the World, Colossus, Empire, The Cash Nexus, The Pity of War, The House of Rothschild and Paper and Iron. He has also written and presented a number of major television series for Channel Four and writes regularly for newspapers and magazines around the world.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Green Street Books Potential Meets Opportunity Proud Employer of Adults with Disabilities Green Street Books proudly provides employment, continued education, and ongoing training for special needs employees and workers with disabilities. We do not receive Federal, State, or city funding, our business model is 100% dependent on you, our customer. We thank you for your purchase and appreciate your support!

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

We guarantee the condition of every book as it's described on the Abebooks web sites. If you're dissatisfied with your purchase (Incorrect Book/Not as Described/Damaged) or if the order hasn't arrived, you're eligible for a refund within 30 days of the estimated delivery date. If you've changed your mind about a book that you've ordered, please use the Ask bookseller a question link to contact us and we'll respond within 2 business days.


Shipping Terms:

Please view all shipping details for Standard, Expedited and International orders (countries we can deliver under 4 lb orders), do not hesitate to contact us with further questions. Standard orders do not provide live tracking. Standard order ship and are delivered within 5 to 14 business days of shipping. When we produce the shipping label orders are automatically marked as shipped and this is not the actual ship day,it is plus 2 days. Expedited orders. All expedited orders ship either same (depending on when in the day received) or next business day with tracking from California. Hawaii and outlying protectorates take between 3 - 6 weeks and we suggest using expedited service for these orders. Standard orders ship per Amazon terms provided at the time of order. Standard DO NOT provide live tracking and will only update when passing through one of 21 major USPS hubs closest to your physical location. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express