Do Autocracies Really Have an Advantage over Democracies?

Xi Jinping, head of the Chinese Communist Party, in Qingdao, April 23, 2019 (Xinhua via Reuters)
A new book makes the case that democracies are the strongest great powers.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE ‘T he sum total of the United States’ global interests and obligations,” according to a prominent geopolitical scholar, “is nowadays far larger than the country’s power to defend them all simultaneously.”

Labeling the U.S. a “declining number-one power” and citing the “global productive balances tilting toward the Pacific basin and the spiraling costs of weapons and armed forces,” the scholar wondered whether the American democratic “decision-making structure permits a proper grand strategy to be carried out.”

In light of these infirmities, the scholar called upon American policymakers to “manage” the country’s decline and ensure that the “relative erosion of the United States’ position

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