A book I’m reading (including some quotes from the pages I’ve read so far), a good refresher for those of us who studied history and political science in college, and recommended reading for others interested in the subject:
Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson: Why Nations Fail: the origins of power, prosperity, and poverty. Crown House (New York, 2012). ISBN 978-0-307-71921-8 or eISBN 978-0-307-71923-2.
,,…the rule of law is not the same as rule by law. It is a creation of pluralist political institutions and of the broad coalitions that support such pluralism. It’s only when many individuals and groups have a say in decisions, and the political power to have a seat at the table, that the idea that they should all be treated fairly starts making sense.
Pluralism also creates a more open system and allows independent media to flourish, making it easier for group that have an interest in the continuation of inclusive institutions to become aware and organize against threats to these institutions.
…the principle of the rule of law opens the door for greater participation in the political process and greater inclusivity, as it powerfully introduces the idea that people should be equal not only before the law but also in the political system.
…inclusive political institutions allow a free media to flourish, and a free media often provides information about and mobilizes opposition to threats against inclusive institutions…”
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