Authoritarian Diffusion and Cooperation: Interests vs. Ideology

1st Edition

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.

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