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Comparative Politics

Comparative Politics (5th edn)

Daniele Caramani
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date: 07 December 2023

p. 45525. From Supporting Democracy to Supporting Autocracylocked

p. 45525. From Supporting Democracy to Supporting Autocracylocked

  • Peter Burnell


This chapter examines the controversies surrounding democracy support and its significance for comparative politics. It first compares definitions of democracy support and provides an overview of the basic vocabulary of democracy support, focusing on concepts such as democracy assistance and political conditionality. It then considers whether democracy support is now fit for purpose in a world where China and Russia continue to expand their international presence. It also discusses democracy support strategies and challenges facing democracy support, before concluding with a comparison and assessment of the rise of autocracy support. It suggests that democracy support has yet to devise adequate strategies to counter international autocracy support.

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