Francis Fukuyama: Identity Politics and Global Populism

We are excited to welcome Professor Fukuyama to give a lecture at the University of Oslo.

Francis Fukuyama. Photo: Djurdja Padejski.

Professor Fukuyama has written extensively on international politics and issues of development. His book, The End of History and the Last Man, was published by Free Press in 1992 and has appeared in over twenty foreign editions. His recent books include a major two-volume work. In the bestseller The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution (2011), he provides an account of how today’s political institutions have developed. Beginning with politics among our primate ancestors, the book follows the story through the emergence of tribal societies, the growth of the first modern state in China, the beginning of the rule of law in India and the Middle East, and the development of political accountability in Europe until the eve of the French Revolution.

In his latest bestseller, Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy (2014), Dr. Fukuyama explores how societies develop strong, impersonal, and accountable political institutions and follows the story from the French Revolution to the so-called Arab Spring and the deep dysfunctions of contemporary American politics. He not only examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rotting it out, but also discusses the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa and Asia – offering fascinating accounts of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others.

Professor Fukuyama’s latest book (forthcoming September 2018) is Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

The lecture is hosted by The Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo. Professor Fukuyama has been a member of the faculty of the University of Oslo/Stanford University Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) What Works? Promising Practices in International Development, that will be offered for the third time starting 26 February 2018.

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About the speaker

Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and director of FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He is also professor (by courtesy) of political science at Stanford. His other books include America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy, Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution, and Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity.

Francis Fukuyama received his B.A. from Cornell University in classics, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Political Science. He was a member of the Political Science Department of the RAND Corporation, and of the Policy Planning Staff of the US Department of State. He previously taught at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University and at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy. He has also served as a member of the US President’s Council on Bioethics (2001-2004). He is chairman of the editorial board of The American Interest (which he helped to found in 2005) and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Rand Corporation, the Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy, and member of the advisory boards for the Journal of Democracy, the Inter-American Dialogue, and The New America Foundation.

Dr. Fukuyama is also a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, and a non-resident fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Center for Global Development. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Pacific Council for International Affairs and holds honorary doctorates from Connecticut College, Doane College, Doshisha University (Japan), Kansai University (Japan), Aarhus University (Denmark), and the Pardee Rand Graduate School.

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Published Feb. 8, 2018 1:15 PM - Last modified Feb. 15, 2018 9:34 AM