Gero Erdmann / André Bank / Bert Hoffmann / Thomas Richter

International Cooperation of Authoritarian Regimes: Toward a Conceptual Framework

GIGA Working Paper, No. 229, July 2013

Authoritarian regimes use multiple forms of international cooperation to sustain their rule. In scholarly research, however, the study of these phenomena has been marginal and still lacks conceptual clarity. This paper takes stock of these shortcomings and embarks on a review of the existing literature from democratization, diffusion, policy transfer and Europeanization studies. In doing so, it identifies a number of conceptual approaches whose integration can provide a useful framework for the study of the international cooperation of authoritarian regimes. For this, the specific characteristics of nondemocratic rule need to be taken into account – from their preference of some forms of cooperation over others to practical difficulties for empirical fieldwork. Against this backdrop, we provide examples of different types of authoritarian cooperation and conclude by sketching a research agenda that is as politically necessary as it is academically promising.

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GIGA AutorInnen

Dr. André Bank ist Senior Research Fellow am GIGA Institut für Nahost-Studien. Seine Forschung richtet sich auf Autoritarismus, Konfliktdynamiken, Zwangsmigration sowie die Wissensproduktion in Sozialwissenschaften und Regionalstudien.

Prof. Dr. Bert Hoffmann

Leitung GIGA Berlin Büro
Senior Research Fellow

Prof. Dr. Bert Hoffmann ist Senior Research Fellow am GIGA Institut für Lateinamerika-Studien, Leiter des GIGA Berlin-Büros und Professor für Politikwissenschaft an der Freien Universität Berlin. Er ist Verfasser zahlreicher wissenschaftlicher Publikationen zur politischen und wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung Kubas.

Dr. Thomas Richter

Senior Research Fellow
Redaktion GIGA Focus Nahost

Dr. Thomas Richter ist Senior Research Fellow am GIGA Institut für Nahost-Studien und Mitglied im Forschungsschwerpunkt 1 „Politische Verantwortlichkeit und Partizipation“ sowie in Forschungsschwerpunkt 4 „Macht und Ideen“ des GIGA. Er forscht zu autoritären Regimen, Rentierstaatstheorie und Politikdiffusion und ist einer der Projektleiter des Netzwerks „International Diffusion and Cooperation of Authoritarian Regimes“ (IDCAR), das von der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft gefördert wird.

Aktuelle Publikationen der AutorInnen

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The return of racial inequalities: assessing the re-stratification of Cuban society

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Oil and the Rentier State in the Middle East

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Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

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Cuban Society: Becoming More Unequal, Connected and Diverse

in: Philip Brenner / Marguerite Rose Jiménez / John M. Kirk / William M. LeoGrande (eds.), A Contemporary Cuba Reader: The Revolution Under Raúl Castro, 2nd ed., London: Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming

Sven Creutzmann / Bernd Hoffmann


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