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Under many nondemocratic systems, good policy is bad politics, and bad policy helps leaders stay in office. The result is poorer performance in terms of economic growth.
Bruce Bueno de Mesquita is senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
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James D. Morrow is professor of political science at the University of Michigan.
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Randolph Siverson is professor of political science at the University of California-Davis.
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Alastair Smith is assistant professor of political science at Yale University.
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