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AUTOCRACY. The name of a government where the monarch is unlimited by law. Such is the power of the emperor of Russia, who, following the example of his predecessors, calls himself the autocrat of all the Russias.

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So both our democracies and autocracies don't sustain.
In this case, poor urban consumers enjoy better diets under autocracies. Bowman (2002), using two 15-year timespans, considers the impact of democracy on food consumption and concludes that, while long-term democracies improve caloric consumption, shorter terms of democratic regimes lower consumption.
Using a rigorous empirical analyses, we show that the negative effect of corruption is worse in anocracies than it is in autocracies. Our finding adds a missing piece to the mystery of the corruption-growth relationship by demonstrating why some countries thrive despite corruption and why democratization does not automatically eliminate corruption.
Meanwhile, European nations are struggling to cope with an onslaught of refugees forced in part to flee their homelands by the policies of the very autocracies the West supports.
Yet the rise of Islamism may be less a product of oppressive autocracies than of an escalating tension between the traditional organization of Muslim social life and onrushing Western modernity.
"Arabs seem to favour functioning monarchies rather than despotic, one-party autocracies.
For instance, of the countries that had at least 1 year in an autocratic regime, countries within autocracies less than the average of 63 years had significantly higher growth rates and real income in the 1990s than countries with more than the average number of years within autocracies.
He assesses Iran's Green movement as promising liberal democratic change and undermining the power of the Islamic clergy; discusses and even promotes the possible role of Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood in spurring democratic change in the Arab autocracies (even as he judges the autocracies to be relatively strong and resistant to change, albeit suffering from a lack of legitimacy); assesses the health of Turkish democracy under the Islamist AKP (Justice and Development Party); and offers advice to the United States to abandon its preference for secular dictatorships due to fear of Islamist participation in government and to engage in debates about democracy in the region.
The protests are inspired by the Arab Spring movements that have toppled regimes in Tunisia and Egypt and shaken long-time autocracies elsewhere in the Arab world.
Moreover, democracies better foster economic growth, stability, and peace (at least with other democracies) than autocracies.
Washington - PNN - Comparing the status quo between Palestine and Israel to the Arab autocracies that have recently crumbled, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton called for a new push for peace on Tuesday.
Autocracies, perhaps because of doubts about their longterm survival, borrow recklessly and spend unwisely, often wastefully.