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About the project

Authoritarianism in a Global Age

Why are Iranian dissidents abroad still scared of their own government? When Malaysians began to gain access to critical voices online, did that make them join anti-government demonstrations? How much power do Chinese internet corporations have over their end users? Are there regions in India or Mexico we should call authoritarian – and how do they remain so? When the NSA in the United States exposes millions of people to surveillance, and keeps these practices secret from its own Congress, is that a form of authoritarianism?

What do we investigate?

We investigate changes in the sustainability and nature of authoritarian rule induced by globalisation. Thematically, the project investigates 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.

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This project has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ ERC grant agreement n° 323899.