Foreign Policy: The FP Debate: Samuel Huntington’s Legacy

“Like Minxin Pei, I believe Political Order in Changing Societies is Huntington’s greatest work. It proceeds from what I take to be his core insight—that stable political orders are rare and stable liberal orders rarer still. From the very beginning, Huntington’s work emphasized the importance of effective political institutions and the cultural foundations that underpinned them. He was a conservative because he never took order for granted; he knew that it does not take much misconduct to shatter the delicate bonds that keep a society from imploding. And though one can take issue with some of its subsidiary arguments, the central claim of Political Order—that modernization is a disruptive process and that developing countries will find it difficult to make progress in the absence of effective institutions—has stood the test of time.”

Like Pei and Walt, I’m glad I got out ahead of the curve with my praise for Political Order in Changing Societies.

Foreign Policy: The FP Debate: Samuel Huntington’s Legacy

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About Charlie Gleek

Ph.D. student in Comparative Studies and graduate instructor in both the Department of English and the Department of History at Florida Atlantic University.

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