IDCAR, a research network investigating international diffusion and cooperation of authoritarian regimes coordinated by the GIGA, will present six panels at the 2016 General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). The ECPR's General Conference is the largest political science event in Europe, bringing some 2,000 political scientists together every autumn.
Research on the international dimensions of authoritarian rule has risen tremendously over recent years. Initially, a small number of contributions have tried to translate some of the more abstract concepts developed in IR or Europeanization research into the realm of research on authoritarian regimes. More recent approaches, however, have changed perspectives. They focus on the external-internal nexus and its impact on regime stability and survival, as well as on policy practices more generally. In addition, policy makers and think tanks have taken notice of the growing relevancy, specificity and influence of authoritarian regimes in regional and global affairs, as well as the gaining importance of interconnections between actors and institutions of many authoritarian regimes across the globe.
More information can be found on the IDCAR and ECPR websites.