What Is the State For?

Tom Sutcliffe discusses whether Western states have anything to learn from countries like China and Singapore. Adrian Wooldridge argues that many governments have become bloated and there's a global race to reinvent the state. In the past Britain was at the forefront of exporting ideas on how to run a country, as the Labour MP Tristram Hunt explains in his book on the legacy of empire. Charu Lata Hogg from Chatham House looks at the challenges to democracy in Thailand where the country is in political turmoil, and the journalist Anjan Sundaram spent a year in The Congo during the violent 2006 elections, and looks at day-to-day life in a failing state.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

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Mon 9 Jun 2014 21:30

Adrian Wooldridge

Adrian Wooldridge is The Economist’s management editor and Schumpeter columnist.

 

The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State, co-written with John Micklethwait, is published by Allen Lane.

 

Adrian Wooldridge

Tristram Hunt

Tristram Hunt is an historian and the MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central.

 

Ten Cities that Made an Empire is published by Allen Lane.

 

Tristram Hunt

Charu Lata Hogg

Charu Lata Hogg is Associate Fellow in the Asia Programme at Chatham House.

 

Charu Lata Hogg

Anjan Sundaram

Anjan Sundaram is a journalist.

 

Stringer: A Reporter’s Journey in the Congo is published by Atlantic Books.

 

Anjan Sundaram

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterTom Sutcliffe
Interviewed GuestAdrian Wooldridge
Interviewed GuestTristram Hunt
Interviewed GuestAnjan Sundaram
Interviewed GuestCharu Lata Hogg
ProducerKaty Hickman