Architecture for Autocrats

Amidst all the oohs and aahs over Beijing’s buildings, architects are debating the moral implications of redefining the capital’s skyline. First, there’s this article in Business Week from Dorian Davis: Earlier...

The Myth of the Authoritarian Model

Michael McFaul and Kathryn Stoner-Weiss argue in Foreign Affairs that authoritarian governments may appear to be working in places like China and Russia, but the correlation between autocracy and growth is in fact spurious. They...

What Can We Learn From Successful Autocracies? – Tim Besley and Masa Kudamatsu

This article is written by two British scholars. Tim Besley is a Professor of Economics and Political Science at the London School of Economics, and served on the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee since September 2006. Masa Kudamatsu is also from London School of Economics and Political Science. From Autocracies are bad, but […]

League of Dictators? – Robert Kagan

Column from the Washington Post (link): Ever since liberalism emerged in the 18th century, its inevitable conflict with autocracy has helped shape international politics. What James Madison called “the great struggle of the epoch between liberty and despotism” dominated much of the 19th century and most of the 20th, when liberal powers lined up against […]



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