A World of Insecurity: Democratic Disenchantment in Rich and Poor Countries


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Harvard University Press
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5.8 X 8.2 X 1.0 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Pranab Bardhan is Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include Awakening Giants, Feet of Clay: Assessing the Economic Rise of China and India, and Scarcity, Conflicts, and Cooperation: Essays in the Political and Institutional Economics of Development.


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
Wide-ranging...Policy makers, labor activists, and economists will find much to chew on.-- "Publishers Weekly" (7/29/2022 12:00:00 AM)