Niall Ferguson, Professor of History at Harvard University and Senior Research Fellow at the universities of Oxford and Stanford, explains why the rule of law keeps the power of both the executive and public in check; why it needs to evolve over time and cannot be instituted overnight; why perhaps the West has misunderstood social media in China and how the Mainland might look to Hong Kong for insights into strengthening its legal institutions.
Niall Ferguson is one of the world’s leading historians of the global economy and author of such internationally-acclaimed works as The Ascent of Money, The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order, Lessons for Global Power, and The War of the World: Twentieth Century Conflict and the Descent of the West. His new book, Civilization: The West and the Rest, is an international bestseller and basis for a multi-part television documentary.
Controversial, expansive, and eloquent, Ferguson has been called “the most talented British historian of his generation”. But the ambitious themes he explores in his work have urgent relevance to the present as well as the past: the costs and benefits of economic globalization; the interface between finance and politics; the lessons to be learned from the British experience of empire; and most recently, the strengths and limitation of American global power.