New research by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith of New York University, reported in the November issue of Foreign Policy, supports my view:
- Relative to other countries, temporary members of the Security Council see economic growth drop 3.5 percent and score 2 percent lower on the widely used Polity ranking, which measures levels of democracy.
- They also see press restrictions increase 3.1 points on Freedom House’s 100-point scale.
The reason? Security council membership is a great opportunity to practice the type of political prostitution at which the Lebanese excel.