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The Myth of the Authoritarian Model: How Putin's Crackdown Holds Russia Back
Michael McFaul and Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
Vol. 87, No. 1 (Jan. - Feb., 2008), pp. 68-80, 82-84
Published by: Council on Foreign Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20020268
Page Count: 16
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A growing conventional wisdom holds that Vladimir Putin's attack on democracy has brought Russia stability and prosperity--providing a new model of successful market authoritarianism. But the correlation between autocracy and economic growth is spurious. Autocracy's effects in Russia have in fact been negative. Whatever the gains under Putin, they would have been greater under a democratic regime.
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