What leads to national progress? The growing consensus in the social sciences is that neither capital flows, nor the savings rate, nor diffuse values are the key, but that it lies in the quality of a nation's institutions. This book shows how real institutions affect national development.
Alejandro Portes is Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University. He is the author of several UC Press books, including Legacies, Ethnicities, Immigrant America and City on the Edge. Lori D. Smith is completing her doctorate in Sociology at Princeton.