Political Order and Political Decay with Dr. Francis Fukuyama
Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
Grand Rapids, MI
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Writing in The Wall Street Journal, David Gress called volume one of Francis Fukuyama’s Origins of Political Order “magisterial in its learning and admirably immodest in its ambition.” In The New York Times Book Review, Michael Lind described the book as “a major achievement by one of the leading public intellectuals of our time.” And in The Washington Post, Gerard DeGrott exclaimed “this is a book that will be remembered. Bring on volume two.” Volume two is finally here, completing the most important work of political thought in at least a generation. Taking up the essential question of how societies develop strong, impersonal, and accountable political institutions, Fukuyama follows the story from the French Revolution to the so-called Arab Spring and the deep dysfunctions of contemporary American politics. He examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West. A sweeping, masterful account of the struggle to create a well-functioning modern state, Political Order and Political Decay is an essential American conversation.
This event is in partnership with the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative. Dr. Francis Fukuyama’s book, Political Order and Political Decay, will be available for purchase and a book signing after the presentation.
PARKING: Free parking is available in any GVSU parking lot after 7 PM. The closest lot to the Eberhard Center is the Fulton Lot, located east of the intersection of Fulton St. and Mt. Vernon Ave. Below a link to a map of Grand Valley State University's Pew Campus: https://www.gvsu.edu/homepage/files/pdf/maps/pew.pdf
There is also a Grand Rapids parking ramp on Front Street near the Grand Rapids Public Museum. There is a small fee to use the parking ramp.
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The Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University
Inspired by Ralph Hauenstein, we seek to provide a platform for emerging leaders in all three major sectors of public life – business, government, and nonprofit. We promote civic engagement that (1) honors the Founders’ vision of a constitutional republic; (2) builds on existing democratic institutions that promote justice, freedom, opportunity, sustainable prosperity, and the rule of law; and (3) envisions the possibilities for creating better communities.