Hilton L. Root

Hilton L. Root has been an advisor on East Asia to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the U.S. Treasury Department. Formerly a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University and a fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Milken Institute, he is the author of numerous articles and six books, including Small Countries, Big Lessons: Governance and the Rise of Asia (1996).

January 2002, Volume 13, Issue 1

What Democracy Can Do for East Asia

The implicit social bargain that carried many East Asian countries through the Cold War has lost its currency. If the peoples of this region are to secure the blessings of peace, liberty, and prosperity in the century ahead, they will need to have a new and explicitly democratic bargain working for them.