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Consumptionomics by Chandran Nair

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An authoritarian future?

Clearly the state must have the powers it needs to achieve the ends it wants. But this does not mean it has to be authoritarian. In general, it will help enormously if its population supports its actions. Governments will have an easier task if they make it clear they are intervening to protect the public good. And in this it will be beneficial for them to be both transparent and accountable.

Given the nature of the challenges facing Asia, it is important to figure out whether particular countries would be helped or hindered by democracy. Less important than the specific form of their political systems is whether they have the institutional structures to generate and implement policies that can realize the changes necessary ...

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