NEW YORK — There’s nothing like a few revolutions to focus the mind. The lesson the world’s smartest authoritarians are drawing from Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution and its neighborhood copycats is simple: It is all about jobs.
“The leadership in China is always worried about how do you stay ahead of the growth to create enough jobs,” Dominic Barton, the global managing director of the consulting firm McKinsey, who has lived in Asia for much of the past decade, told me. “They have to create over 30 million jobs a year. They know that. That’s why there’s such an obsession with the G.D.P. numbers there,” he said, referring to gross domestic product.
“They know that if they don’t and there are disruptions and the people don’t have jobs, there will be revolution,” he added.
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