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Prince Hans-Adam II assumed the regency of Liechtenstein in 1989, following the death of his father. Liechtenstein acceded to the United Nations Organization in 1990 and to the European Economic Area in 1995. Prince Hans-Adam is a trained economist who studied at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He has wide-ranging interests in the worlds of commerce and international affairs.

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 8 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on politics I have read in a long time - if not ever. 21 Jan. 2010
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Normally, in the political non-fiction genre, books tend to either drive the reader up the wall or make him or her dance in the aisles. In stark contrast to such political partiism, though, Prince Hans-Adam's books keeps the reader not just riveted, but inspired to keep on turning pages no matter what Political Party he or she might belong to. It is a gold mine of ideas, from shedding a fresh, third-millennium light on the truths we all hold self-evident, to outright eye-openers that would be considered utopian had they not been written by the head of the richest country in the world. I googled the constitutional monarchy of the Principality of Liechtenstein. And one indisputable fact keeps coming up on top: Prince Hans-Adam II (65) has built an exemplary democratic state with the highest per-capita income on Earth (not to mention unparalleled healthcare and pension benefits along with truly minimal income taxes) -- for which he enjoys a popularity rating that would make most US politician green with envy. In other words, what reader of this book would want to argue with success?
Also, it seems to be a noteworthy coincidence that this book appeared almost exactly 500 years after Machiavelli presented his immortal wisdom to a Prince (Lorenzo di Medici), which could only make one wonder. Is "The State in the Third Millennium" a long overdue reply from a Prince to people's politicians?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for anyone interested in modern politics 19 July 2013
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While political theory can be dry or well-written, as can political history, the insights into the thought processes and beliefs of a reigning head of state in one of the most successful nations in Europe would be valuable in and of itself simply for being that. Add in that the book is also very insightful and practical and this may be the most 'important' political work of the last 40 years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic 8 Oct. 2014
By Merrell T. Denison - Published on Amazon.com
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The table of contents for The State in the Third Millennium covers a broad series of topics, education, currencies, welfare, etc., and I fully expected to agree with some, and to disagree with others. That was not the case. Prince Hans-Adam has thoughtfully considered the issues of statecraft from the rather unique vantage point of a head of state, and I found myself in concurrence with all of his conclusions. The book begins with an excellent history of statecraft including the legitimacy afforded past states by religion, then discusses the inadequacy of representative democracy codified in the U.S. Constitution compared with the direct democracy of Switzerland or Liechtenstein, which affords the populace the advantage of voting out unpopular legislation enacted by legislators. Missing from many explanations of the financial meltdown of 2008, often blamed on market failure or greed of businessmen, is the succinct and correct statement by the Prince “Financial failure is not a failure of the market, but a failure of the state, its laws, regulations, and its supervision.”
The U.S. Constitution did not give legislators the authority to enrich themselves or their friends and family at the expense of the citizens, but neither did it prevent cronyism from taking place, and it has from the beginning of the country. We have deteriorated into an oligarchy and borrowed to the point of potential default. Prince Hans-Adam did not elaborate a strategy for implementing “direct democracy”, but the idea deserves consideration. Voters are far more capable of understanding and voting on a specific law, than on assessing the character and competency of a legislator, particularly when party politics provides only two or three choices.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The State in the Third Millennium 7 Nov. 2012
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Prince Adam II sets forth some excellent ideas that have worked for his nation for a long time. A good history of goverment structure and excellent suggestions for the future.

Mary Davis
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Much Worth Reading 4 Jun. 2014
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At its heart this book is revolutionary, which seems a strange thing to say about a book written by an aristocrat. Prince Hans-Adam, by virtue of his position in the Liechtenstein princely house, has had the opportunity to observe world events from a unique perspective. Given responsibility quite early in life for rebuilding the Liechtenstein economic situation that had been nearly destroyed by WWII and the Soviet takeover of Eastern Europe, he helped to steer the Principality into a situation of abundance through direct democracy -- which again seems like a peculiar term to use about a monarchy, but when you read the book you will see exactly what that term means to him and how it works. The insights and suggestions he offers are original, provocative, and offer a fascinating prospect for reordering governments into something that actually works for human beings. Set aside any preconceived notions of what might be in this book. Give it a try and you will find much food for thought.
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