The international dimension of authoritarian regime legitimation: insights from the Cuban case

@article{Hoffmann2015TheID,
  title={The international dimension of authoritarian regime legitimation: insights from the Cuban case},
  author={Bert Hoffmann},
  journal={Journal of International Relations and Development},
  year={2015},
  volume={18},
  pages={556-574}
}
  • Bert Hoffmann
  • Published 1 October 2015
  • Political Science
  • Journal of International Relations and Development
In order to sustain their rule, authoritarian regimes not only rely on mechanisms of repression and co-optation, but also develop strategies of legitimation. Even when aimed at the domestic audience, these include seeking ‘legitimation from abroad’ — that is, validation through activities on, or by way of reference to, the international stage. This article analyses these strategies in an empirical case study of Cuba. Bringing back in Max Weber’s classic ‘pure types of legitimate authority… 
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