Absolute power given to one person, or to a small group in government, is known as a dictatorship. This type of government often employs repression, terror and propaganda to maintain control. Dictators’ stringent policies not only make life difficult and dangerous for everyday citizens, they also disproportionately allocate any wealth or resources for their personal advantage. As a result, industry is stifled and an entire nation stagnated by corruption, poverty and chaos. Repression can also involve political violence. From police brutality and torture to counter-insurgency and civil war, political violence is organized specifically to gain or maintain power. Political instability discourages business from expanding, as companies tend to avoid involvement in conflict; thus, political violence harms the global economy by thwarting possibilities of foreign investments and trade.

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