Gero Erdmann / André Bank / Bert Hoffmann / Thomas Richter

International Cooperation of Authoritarian Regimes: Toward a Conceptual Framework

GIGA Working Paper, No. 229, July 2013

Abstract
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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Dr. André Bank

Acting Director of the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies

Dr. André Bank is a senior research fellow at the GIGA Institute of Middle East ­Studies. His research focuses on authoritarianism, conflict dynamics, and forced migration, as well as on knowledge production in the social sciences and area ­studies.

Prof. Dr. Bert Hoffmann

Head GIGA Berlin Office
Senior Research Fellow

Prof. Dr. Bert Hoffmann is a senior research fellow at the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies, head of the GIGA Berlin Office, and a professor of political science at the Freie Universität Berlin. He is the author of numerous scientific publications on the political and economic development of Cuba.

Dr. Thomas Richter

Senior Research Fellow
Editor GIGA Focus Middle East

Dr. Thomas Richter is a senior research fellow at the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies and a member of GIGA’s “Accountability and Participation” and “Power and Ideas” research programmes. He researches authoritarian regimes, rentier state theory, and policy diffusion, and is also one of the project leaders of the International Diffusion and Cooperation of Authoritarian Regimes (IDCAR) network, funded by the Leibniz Association.

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