The limited reach of authoritarian powers

  title={The limited reach of authoritarian powers},
  author={Jason Brownlee},
  pages={1326 - 1344}
ABSTRACT Authoritarian states often command tremendous resources, but their ability to fundamentally change regimes abroad remains in question. Proponents of an “authoritarian resurgence” have speculated that China and Russia are rolling back democracy around the world, much like fascist powers in the interwar period. By contrast, the introductory article of this special issue theorizes that current authoritarian powers are not catalyzing autocracy far afield. Rather, they are prudentially… 
The study of authoritarian diffusion and cooperation: comparative lessons on interests versus ideology, nowadays and in history
  • A. Bank
  • Political Science
    Authoritarian Diffusion and Cooperation
  • 2020
ABSTRACT This article outlines and discusses the central comparative findings on the role of interest versus ideology in the study of authoritarian diffusion and cooperation. It highlights the
When Dictators Fall: Preventing Violent Conflict During Transitions from Authoritarian Rule
Entrenched authoritarian systems are those where a leader or group has centralized power and resources in a manner that limits meaningful political and economic inclusion, instrumentalizes key State
Russian Norm Entrepreneurship in Crimea: Serious Contestation or Cheap Talk?
Western actors have long dominated the political processes and discourses that shape global norms impacting interstate behaviour. Yet, more recently, powerful autocratic regimes such as China and
Disabling dissent: the colour revolutions, autocratic linkages, and civil society regulations in hybrid regimes
ABSTRACT State elites in hybrid regimes have increasingly sought to manipulate the legal regulation of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as part of the growing backlash against democracy
The Rise of Sophisticated Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia
This Element offers a way to understand the evolution of authoritarian rule in Southeast Asia. The theoretical framework is based on a set of indicators (judged for their known advantages and mimicry
Black knight as a strategic choice? Causes and modes of Russia's support to the authoritarianism in Southern Caucasus
  • G. Natalizia
  • Political Science
    Italian Political Science Review/Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica
  • 2019
Abstract Despite recurring elections and the transition to multiparty systems, authoritarianism has re-emerged in the Post-Soviet Space. Along with domestic factors, the external dimension should
The stubbornness of authoritarianism: autocracy-to-autocracy transitions in the world between 2000 and 2015
  • Gianni Del Panta
  • Political Science
    Italian Political Science Review/Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica
  • 2019
Abstract Whilst much of the contemporary debate on regime change remains concentrated on transitions to and from democracy, this paper focuses on autocracy-to-autocracy transitions, a relatively
Liberal Democracy and its Current Illiberal Critique: The Emperor’s New Clothes?
Abstract This article focuses on the challenge of illiberalism to democracy, even though the nature of this contestation is ambiguous. The illiberal critique of liberal democracy is contextualised
Authoritarian diffusion or cooperation? Turkey’s emerging engagement with China
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The Aftermath of the "Velvet Revolution": Armenia Between Domestic Change and Foreign Policy Continuity
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The Return of Authoritarian Great Powers
  • A. Gat
  • Political Science, Economics
  • 2007
TODAY'S GLOBAL liberal democratic order faces two challenges. The first is radical Islam-and it is the lesser ofthe two challenges. Although the proponents of radical Islam find liberal democracy
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Over the past decade, illiberal powers have become emboldened and gained influence within the global arena. Leading authoritarian countries-including China, Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and
Democracy prevention: The international collaboration of authoritarian regimes
Current scholarship increasingly argues that international factors and, more specifically, authoritarian collaboration fundamentally affect the persistence of authoritarian rule. In order to generate
The limits of autocracy promotion: The case of Russia in the ‘near abroad’
In recent years, observers have raised concerns about threats to democracy posed by external support for authoritarianism coming from regional powers such as Russia, China and Venezuela. This article
The noble west and the dirty rest? Western democracy promoters and illiberal regional powers
This conclusion summarizes the major findings of this special issue and discusses their implications for research on democratization and international democracy promotion. First, I compare the
Local actors in the driver's seat: Transatlantic democracy promotion under regime competition in the Arab world
In studies of political transition, scholars started to explore the effect of competition between foreign policies of antipodal regimes on the political trajectories of transition countries, notably
Would autocracies promote autocracy? A political economy perspective on regime-type export in regional neighbourhoods
Non-democratic regional powers are increasingly blamed for authoritarian backlashes in formerly democratising countries, or for the persistence of entrenched autocratic regimes in their
Democracy promotion and the challenges of illiberal regional powers: introduction to the special issue
This special issue examines Western efforts at democracy promotion, reactions by illiberal challengers and regional powers, and political and societal conditions in target states. We argue that
Promoting Authoritarianism Abroad
Recent years have seen efforts by several states to promote authoritarianism abroad, garnering the attention of foreign policy analysts-and raising a number of questions. What determines the success
Black knights and elections in authoritarian regimes: Why and how Russia supports authoritarian incumbents in post-Soviet states
In the last decade, studies have documented how autocrats use elections as a way of legitimising and stabilising their regimes. Simultaneously, a literature on negative external actors (also known as