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Authoritarianism in a Global Age

The project investigates changes in the sustainability and nature of authoritarian rule induced by globalisation. Thematically, the project researches how authoritarianism is affected by and responding to global information and communication technology, to movement of people, and to NGOs. Spatially, it studies extraterritorial authoritarianism, subnational authoritarianism, and multilateral authoritarianism. Conceptually, it focuses on authoritarian practices, defined as sabotage of accountability. A focus on authoritarian practices allows a shift away from only designating ‘regimes’ as authoritarian, recognizing that in contemporary politics, governance arrangements can be more fluid. Comparative analysis of authoritarian practices will help us understand conditions in which they thrive, and how they are best countered.

We are investigating changes in the sustainability and nature of authoritarian rule induced by globalisation.