There is much speculation about whether democracy is still advancing around the world and the influence that leading authoritarian or semi-authoritarian regimes such as Russia are starting to have on the trends.
This collection assesses global trends in democratisation, reviews the condition of international democracy promotion and enquires into whether serious competition in the form of autocracy promotion is now a major possibility. The influence of international politics on national political regimes is explored in more detail for Russia’s resistance to democracy promotion and Russian influence on regimes in Central Asia in particular, along with an Indian perspective on India’s reluctance to push for democracy abroad and concerns that democracy promotion itself should be considered more critically if it undermines democratisation in foreign aid-dependent states. The book concludes by briefly addressing the potential significance of the 2011 ‘Arab spring’ for these themes.
This book was published as a special issue of Contemporary Politics.
1. Promoting Democracy – Promoting Autocracy? International Politics and National Political Regimes Peter Burnell and Oliver Schlumberger 2. Are Dictatorships Returning? Revisiting the ‘Democratic Rollback’ Hypothesis Wolfgang Merkel 3. Exploring Democracy in the Russian Federation: Political Regime, Public Opinion and International Assistance André W.M. Gerrits 4. Democracy Promotion circa 2010: An Indian Perspective Siddharth Mallavarapu 5. ‘Bringing the Outside In’: Illustrations from Haiti and Mali for the Re-Conceptualization of Democracy Promotion Julia Leininger 6. Would Autocracies Promote Autocracy? A Political Economy Perspective on Regime-Type Export in Regional Neighbourhoods Julia Bader, Jörn Grävingholt and Antje Kästner 7. The Role of External Factors in Advancing Non-Liberal Democratic Forms of Political Rule: A Case Study of Russia’s Influence on Central Asian Regimes Nicole J. Jackson 8. Afterword: International Politics and National Political Regimes after the ‘Arab Spring’ Peter Burnell and Oliver Schlumberger