The Craft of Ruling Which Country Has the Best Government?

Of all the governing styles in the world, does one country stand out as more successful than the others? Shaken by the financial and debt crises, and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, leaders are being forced to re-examine their ideas of "good governance." In an introduction to a four-part series, SPIEGEL reviews their progress.
The US House of Representatives: Is democracy still the 'final form' of human government?

The US House of Representatives: Is democracy still the 'final form' of human government?

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Translated from the German by Jan Liebelt