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Extract to fail? James Robinson of the Pearson Institute for Study and Resolution of Global Conflict

It’s hard to believe now but there was a time when Western economists genuinely believed that the Soviet Union would almost inevitably overtake the United States as the world’s leading economy. It wasn’t just fear speaking, they had graphs and calculations to prove it. Decades later, it is now China that’s projected to assume that role and, to its benefit, it has learned a lot from the Soviet failure. Is that enough, though, to win and hold onto economic primacy? To discuss this, Oksana is joined by James Robinson, professor of global conflict studies and author of ‘Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty.

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