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Why Democracies Excel

Authors: Morton H. Halperin, Michael M. Weinstein, and Joe Siegle
September/October 2004
Foreign Affairs

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U.S. and international development agencies, believing that poor countries should develop economically before they become democratic, have not taken politics into account when disbursing aid. This is a mistake: poor democracies are almost always stronger, calmer, and more caring than poor autocracies, because they allow power to be shared and encourage openness and accountability. They deserve all the help they can get.

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