Intimate access to the mind of Francis Fukuyama and his reflections on world politics, his life and career, and the evolution of his thought In his 1992 best-selling book The End of History and the Last Man, American political scientist Francis Fukuyama argued that the dominance of liberal democracy marked the end of humanitys political and ideological development. Thirty years later, with populism on the rise and the number of liberal democracies decreasing worldwide, Fukuyama revisits his classic thesis. A series of in-depth interviews between Fukuyama and editor Mathilde Fasting, After the End of History offers a wide-ranging analysis of liberal democracy today. Drawing on Fukuyamas work on identity, biotechnology, and political order, the book provides essential insight into the rise of authoritarianism and the greatest threats faced by democracy in our present world. Diving into topics like the surprise election of Donald Trump, the destruction of social and political norms, and the rise of China, Fukuyama deftly explains the plight of liberal democracy and explores how we might prevent its further decline. He also covers personal topics, reflects on his life and career, the evolution of his thinking, and some of his most important books. Insightful and important, After the End of History grants unprecedented access to one of the greatest political minds of our time.
Mathilde Fasting is a project manager and fellow at Civita, one of Norways most influential think tanks, where she regularly hosts its weekly podcast. Her published works include Freedom of Choice, The Citizen and the Community, and Torkel Aschehoug and Norwegian Historical Economic Thought: Reconsidering a Forgotten Norwegian Pioneer Economist. Fasting earned her MA in economics from the Norwegian School of Economics, her BA and MA in the history of ideas from the University of Oslo, and her PhD in the economic history of ideas from the University of Erfurt. Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), the director of the Ford Dorsey Masters in International Policy, and the Mosbacher Director of FSIs Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. He has written widely on issues related to democratization and international political economy, including his seminal work The End of History and the Last Man. His most recent book is Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy.
PrefaceAcknowledgments1. What Has Happened after the End of History?2. How Have World Politics Changed?3. How Do Illiberal Attacks Threaten Democracy?4. Will the US Cease to Be the Beacon of the Liberal Order?5. Will Orwells 1984 Dystopia Come True?6. Is Fukuyama a Classical European Liberal?7. What Led Fukuyama to International Politics?8. What Is the End of History?9. Why Do We Go to Denmark?10. How Do We Build Liberal Democracies?11. How Can We Understand How Societies Work?12. Is Identity Politics a Question of Thymos?13. How Do Society and Capitalism Interact?14. How Does Human Nature Shape Society?15. Is China a Serious Contender to Liberal Democracy?16. Are We Experiencing a Clash of Civilizations?17. How Can We Make Liberal Democracies Thrive?18. The Future of HistoryEpilogueLiterature