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(p. 437) 25. From supporting democracy to supporting autocracy 

(p. 437) 25. From supporting democracy to supporting autocracy
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(p. 437) 25. From supporting democracy to supporting autocracy
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Peter Burnell

DOI:
10.1093/hepl/9780198737421.003.0027
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date: 11 July 2020

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 economic performance in the West is faltering in contrast to China and Russia which continue to expand their international presence. It also discusses democracy support strategies and challenges facing democracy support before concluding with an 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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