On December 25, at the invitation of the Department of Economics, Prof. Daron Acemoğlu of the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology gave a lecture at Bilkent. His talk, which was based on themes from his new book, “The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies and the Fate of Liberty,” attracted a large audience of students from various departments.
In “The Narrow Corridor,” Prof. Acemoğlu and coauthor James A. Robinson focus on what they refer to as the “corridor to liberty.” They argue that this corridor is narrow and remains open only through a fundamental and incessant struggle between state and society.
In his lecture, Prof. Acemoğlu discussed the interplay between liberty and institutions. He first talked about the development of institutions, and then went on to look at liberty as a consequence of institutions as well as liberty’s role in the development of institutions. A question-and-answer session followed the lecture.
Prof. Acemoğlu’s lecture was streamed live at https://youtu.be/oUqthmcRD_k and can still be watched there.