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Authoritarian Diffusion and Learning: A Cross-Regional Perspective

Comparative Politics
International Relations
Mixed Methods
Political Regime
P022
Julia Grauvogel
German Institute of Global And Area Studies
André Bank
German Institute of Global And Area Studies

Friday 17:40 - 19:20 (24/08/2018)

Building: VMP 9 Floor: 3 Room: A315

Abstract

Autocracies have joined forces to preserve their power in the course of the Arab Uprisings and the Color Revolutions. The burgeoning research on the international dimensions of authoritarian rule alludes to different mechanisms of how contemporary authoritarianism transcends national boundaries. Authoritarian practices and institutions diffuse both within certain regions and across the globe. More specifically, authoritarian leaders can learn from the experiences of their counterparts abroad, but they may also fail to draw the adequate lessons. This panel examines the variety of ways in which authoritarianism spreads, and pays particular attention to disentangling the origins, processes, and impact of these mechanisms. The papers trace authoritarian diffusion and learning with respect to a wide range of issues, including anti-terror-legislations, leadership succession, policing, and NGO restrictions, and by drawing on empirical examples from the Arab world, Southeast Asia, the Post-Soviet region, and Latin America. Cross-regional, intraregional and diachronic comparisons also contribute to further theorizing by allowing for a more rigid differentiation of different types of international influences.

Title Details
Multiple Goals, Different Diffusion? The Transfer of NGO-Related Restrictions from Russia to Kazakhstan View Paper Details
The Diffusion of Anti-Terrorism Legislation in the Arab World View Paper Details
China’s New Civil Society Regulations: Gauging the Role of Authoritarian Diffusion and International Versus Domestic Learning View Paper Details
A Matter of Preference: Examining Changes in Election Outcomes in Myanmar, 2010-2015 View Paper Details
Hereditary Grooming in Post-Soviet Authoritarian Regimes: Signalling Strategic and Demonstration Effects View Paper Details