Francis Fukuyama’s theory of the state

 “This book has two origins,” Francis Fukuyama writes in the preface to “The Origins of Political Order.” “The first arose when my mentor, Samuel Huntington of Harvard University, asked me to write a foreword to a reprint edition of his 1968 classic, ‘Political Order in Changing Societies.’ ” Its second inspiration was the decade that Fukuyama spent studying “the real-world problems of weak and failed states” and that inspired his 2004 book “State-Building: Governance and World Order in the 21st Century.”

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