André Bank, Kurt Weyland
Published August 29, 2018
Reference - 128 Pages
ISBN 9781138322332 - CAT# K391959
Series: Democratization Special Issues
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To shed light on the global reassertion of authoritarianism in recent years, this volume analyses transnational diffusion and international cooperation among non-democratic regimes. How and with what effect do authoritarian regimes learn from each other? For what purpose and how successfully do they cooperate? The volume highlights that present-day autocrats pursue mainly pragmatic interests, rather than ideological missions. Consequently, the connections among authoritarian regimes have primarily defensive purposes, especially insulation against democracy promotion by the West. As a result, the authors do not foresee a major recession of democracy, as occurred with the rise of fascism during the interwar years.
The chapters in this book were originally published in a special issue of Democratization.
1. Autocratic diffusion and cooperation: the impact of interests vs. ideology
2. Fascism’s missionary ideology and the autocratic wave of the interwar years
3. Hugo Chávez and the diffusion of Bolivarianism
Carlos de la Torre
4. Creating the enemy, constructing the threat: the diffusion of repression against the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East
5. Illiberal democracy in Hungary: authoritarian diffusion or domestic causation?
6. The limited reach of authoritarian powers
7. The study of authoritarian diffusion and cooperation: comparative lessons on interests versus ideology, nowadays and in history