James A. Robinson Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor and University Professor; Institute Director of The Pearson Institute Books 2019. The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty. by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson. New York: Penguin. 2014. Africa’s Development in Historical Perspective. edited by Akyeampong, Emmanuel, Robert H. Bates, Nathan Nunn, and James A. Robinson. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press. 2012. The Role of Elites in Economic Development. edited by Amsden, Alice H., Alisa DiCaprio, and James A. Robinson. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2012. Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty. by Daron Acemoglu and James A Robinson. New York, NY: Crown. 2010. Natural Experiments of History. edited by James A Robinson and Diamond, Jared. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.