Are some countries — and some political systems — more at risk for bad health and epidemics than others?
Economist Amartya Sen has famously argued that democracies don’t have famines. Here’s his reasoning: Famines result not from failed crops but from failures to distribute food. In functioning democracies, governments are accountable to the public — and therefore have more incentive to prevent catastrophic failures, such as famines, from occurring.
Is the same true for epidemics?
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