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Development and Democracy

Authors: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, and George W. Downs
September/October 2005
Foreign Affairs

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Conventional wisdom has long assumed that economic liberalization undermines repressive regimes. Recent events, however, suggest that savvy autocrats have learned how to cut the cord between growth and freedom, enjoying the benefits of the former without the risks of the latter. Washington and international lenders should take note. . . .

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