Noah Buckley

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Articles by Noah Buckley

Guns or Butter: How the Public Judges Its Leaders in an Authoritarian Regime

When economic conditions in a country worsen, the public’s support for elected leaders in office at the time often takes a substantial hit. This relationship between economic health and approval numbers is well-established. For this reason, leaders in democracies the world around live in fear of being held accountable for a painful recession they may have had a hand in allowing to occur.  But what happens to this relationship in countries without full-fledged democratic political systems?

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