The Origins of Political Order

Author: 
Francis Fukuyama

The book is a sweeping and very well-written account of the origins and growth of basic political institutions. Beginning with the organization of prehuman primate groups, the book explores the emergence of human tribal societies, then the emergence of the first modern state in China and the beginnings of the rule of law in India and the Middle East. It ends with the development of political accountability in Europe up to the eve of the French Revolution. For more on the author, see http://fukuyama.stanford.edu/home