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Rodrik on The Myth of Authoritarian Growth

I really agree with Dani’s great article on this (HT Chris Blattman).

When we look at systematic historical evidence… we find that authoritarianism buys little in terms of economic growth. For every authoritarian country that has managed to grow rapidly, there are several that have floundered. For every Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore, there are many like Mobutu Sese Seko of the Congo.

Democracies … provide much greater economic stability, measured by the ups

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Response to Dani Rodrik on Washington Consensus

Dani gives a response to some “counter-arguments” against his post favoring Import-substituting Industrialization (ISI) over Washington Consensus (WC) that had mysteriously “resuscitated” themselves after they “had long been laid to rest.” I appreciate Dani’s courtesy in not identifying the culprits in this misguided resuscitation of long-dead counterarguments, but it does make it a little difficult to carry on a precise debate. It’s possible that my post about skill vs. luck, and the comments…

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What in the world is going on with Turkish democracy and Dani Rodrik’s father-in-law?

Dani Rodrik and his wife Pinar Doğan, a lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, have a piece in The New Republic called Turkey’s Other Dirty War.

Dani also discusses the issue in his blog.

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Dani Rodrik’s pessimism on democracy: let the debate begin!

Dani has been dropping tantalizing hints about his forthcoming book. One of his arguments, as judging by the preview in his column on the Greek crisis, is the political trilemma:

Democracy, globalization, the nation state are not mutually compatible, you can only pick 2 out of 3.

I look forward to the book for the detailed logic and evidence. Of course, skepticism is allowed already, since Dani’s already put it out there and…

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Dani Rodrik’s unexpected personal insight into the Turkish political crisis

Certainly one would expect Dani Rodrik on his blog to have some inside knowledge on the confusing ”military coup plot” trials in Turkey — who are the good guys and who are the bad guys?

But he has even more inside knowledge than you think: as he reveals in Foreign Policy, one of the generals arrested is his father-in-law.

Condolences to Dani and his family, and here’s hoping justice and democracy prevail.

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Rodrik, Defining Libertarians, Afghan Tribes, Finding Coffee in New York

Links for Friday:

Dani Rodrik gets way too excited about changing IMF views on capital controls.

Will Wilkinson: libertarians are liberals who like markets.

The NYT again tries tribal analysis in Afghanistan: did they get it wrong again?

Bonus non-development link: where to find the best coffee in New York

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How ethnic profiling explains Dani Rodrik’s fondness for industrial policy

Airline passengers recently ejected an innocent Muslim family from an airplane because they were afraid the family were terrorists. Similar reasoning explains why Dani Rodrik favors industrial policy as a key to success.

Before getting overly critical of Dani, whom I admire a lot, let me confess I have frequently committed the same type of reasoning error myself, and so does virtually everyone else. But it’s still wrong.

All of us are making the…

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Why So Scared of “Free Markets”?

The debate of the last few days on this blog reminded me again of how strong is the visceral negative reaction to an argument for “free markets” (those dreaded words are practically an epithet by now) in development. Part of this may be justified; let’s explore this in a Q and A.

Q. Isn’t the case for markets a purely ideological one, which just serves to protect the interests of the rich?

A. True, it…

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