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Are authoritarian states better at delivering economic growth?

Short answer: only in the early stages of development

By George Magnus  

Xi Jinping sits central in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Ding Lin/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who was re-elected (unsurprisingly) over the weekend, and China’s Xi Jinping, who has just been confirmed as President without term limits by the Chinese Communist Party, are the leading figureheads in an unsettling world of rising authoritarianism that sits in sharp contrast to the one in which most of us grew up. About two-fifths of states deemed to be autocratic nowadays are “strongman” regimes, and most…

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