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July 16, 2017 | EDP Wire | Johannes Gerschewski

How do autocracies legitimate their rule?

Johannes Gerschewski and Alex Dukalskis have edited a special issue of “Contemporary Politics” on the topic “Legitimation in Autocracies” to push forward the debate about a factor that has gone almost unnoticed by the recent wave of comparative authoritarianism: autocratic legitimation.

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May 31, 2017 | EDP Wire | Vera van Hüllen

International Cooperation and Authoritarianism: Dilemmas of International Democracy Promotion

More than six years after the wave of popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, it is clear that the ‘Arab Spring’ has not put an end to the exceptional persistence of authoritarianism in the region. At the same time, it has highlighted the shortcomings of international democracy promotion efforts vis-à-vis these authoritarian regimes in the region.

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January 22, 2017 | EDP Wire | Annika Elena Poppe

Demokratieförderpolitik unter Trump: Rhetorische Wende bei gleichbleibender Politik?

Demokratieförderung gilt vielen Beobachterinnen und Beobachtern als aktive Friedenspolitik – nicht zuletzt aufgrund des Befundes, dass Demokratien sehr selten Kriege untereinander führen. Gleichzeitig ist aggressive, teilweise mit militärischen Mitteln betriebene Demokratieförderpolitik, ganz offensichtlich kein friedfertiges Unterfangen. Glaubt man Trumps Wahlkampfaussagen, so steht die US-Demokratieförderpolitik vor einer deutlichen Wende.

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October 30, 2016 | EDP Wire | Julia Leininger

Contextualizing democracy promotion

The author identifies five sets of individual, societal, cultural, political and spatial factors that help to identify patterns of democracy promotion’s context. Such patterns serve to better understand and explain democracy promotion in the future. They inform both, research and policy-making.

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February 29, 2016 | EDP Wire | Jonas Wolff

Democracy Promotion and Power

International democracy promotion is, in many ways, concerned with power. By supporting local agents of democratic change, external democracy promoters shape domestic balances of power. In trying to get governments in target countries to embark on democratic reforms they would…

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January 11, 2016 | EDP Wire | Sonja Grimm, Janina I. Steinert

From the Battlefield to Ballot Boxes

In November of this year, the people of Côte d’Ivoire re-elected President Alassane Ouattara to serve for another five-year term. Only half a decade ago in the very same country, ballot boxes had turned into a battlefield claiming a death toll of 3,000. Today, Ban Ki-moon…

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