APSA-CD Newsletter: "The International Dimensions of Authoritarianism"

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As new research by comparative political scientists increasingly turns to the topic of authoritarian resilience, scholars explored the international dimensions of authoritarianism in the February 2015 issue of APSA-CD Newsletter. The issue featured three articles discussing definitions and classifications of the international dimensions of authoritarianism, as well as two articles exploring the impact of authoritarian regimes in Russia and China on the prospects for democracy in neighboring states.


  • Questioning “Autocracy Promotion” by Oisin Tansey (King’s College London)
  • Problems in Studying the International Dimensions of Authoritarianism by Jakob Tolstrup (Aarhus University)
  • Democratic Black Nights by Thomas Ambrosio (North Dakota State University)
  • Hybrid Regimes and International Aggression by Valerie Bunce (Cornell University) and Aida Hozic (University of Florida)
  • Diffusion of China’s Authoritarian Model and the 2014 Student Movements in Hong Kong by Yi-feng Tao (National Taiwan University)
  • DOWNLOAD APSA-CD February 2015 [PDF]


APSA-CD Newsletter is produced three times per year and features 3-5 original articles on democratization, as well as bibliographic information on new research from leading political scientists and academic journals.

The International Forum for Democratic Studies serves as the Secretariat for the APSA-Comparative Democratization section, and each issue of APSA-CD is jointly produced by the Forum and the Varieties of Democracy Institute (V-Dem) at the University of Gothenburg.