John Micklethwait & Adrian Wooldridge: "The Fourth Revolution"

The US Capitol is pictured at sunrise on January 21, 2013, hours before U.S. President Barack Obama's second inauguration in Washington, D.C.   - JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

The US Capitol is pictured at sunrise on January 21, 2013, hours before U.S. President Barack Obama's second inauguration in Washington, D.C.

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John Micklethwait & Adrian Wooldridge: "The Fourth Revolution"

When it comes to democracy, the West has always come out on top. But today, democracy is in trouble, say two top editors at The Economists, who argue in a new book that the West is at risk of being left behind unless there’s a re-invention of the state. John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge discuss the future of America and countries that are tackling government reform.

When it comes to democracy, the West has always come out on top. From the creation of the nation-state, to the idea of liberal democracy, to the development of welfare programs, Western Europe and the United States have led the way. But today, democracy is in trouble and two top editors at The Economists argue in a new book that the West is at risk of being left behind unless there’s a re-invention of the state. The authors say the U.S., in particular, is failing badly at the task of government reform. But they point to nations in some surprising places that are giving it a lot of thought—like the tiny country of Singapore. Editor- in-chief of The Economist, John Micklethwait, and management editor of The Economist, Adrian Wooldridge, discuss their new book “The Fourth Revolution” with guest host Tom Gjelten.

Guests

John Micklethwait

editor-in-chief, The Economist.

Adrian Wooldridge

management editor, The Economist. He writes the magazine's Schumpeter column.

Read An Excerpt

Excerpted with permission from "The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State" by Adrian Wooldridge and John Micklethwait. Penguin Random House. Copyright © 2014

The Fourth Revolution

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