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Francis Fukuyama: “I think we’re in for a really rough period over the next few years”

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

Fukuyama Spring 2011 catFrancis Fukuyama does two things in his latest book, “Political Order and Political Decay,” a sequel of sorts to “The Origins of Political Order,” which was published in 2011: first, he offers a historical account of the emergence of modern, democratic political institutions in the 18th century and after; then he develops an account of the “decay” of those institutions, and with it a diagnosis of the crisis of political legitimacy that is afflicting most developed liberal democracies today.

When I met him in London earlier this week, and before…

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