How can history instruct today's institutions on adapting to new, disruptive technologies. Douglas W Allen's latest book tells all.

This article titled “The (continuing) institutional revolution” was written by Jeff Jarvis for BuzzMachine, part of the Guardian Comment Network, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 10th April 2012 10.30 UTC

I just read a fascinating book by Douglas W Allen, The Institutional Revolution, which attempts to explain England's transition from its apparently illogical early-modern institutions – aristocracy, purchased army commissions, lighthouses, private roads, even duelling – to modern institutions. And today, we see many of those institutions challenged.

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