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5 - Learning from External and Internal Success

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 May 2023

Stephen G. F. Hall
Affiliation:
University of Bath
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Much of the existing literature has addressed authoritarian learning from external examples but has failed to analyse internal examples. The chapter begins by analysing learning from China, Singapore, and Kazakhstan among the case studies, finding that China is a source of learning. Another example is the restrictive NGO laws that took off after the Russian foreign agents law across the post-Soviet region, which highlights copying at the very least, if not direct learning. The chapter then turns to the domestic, analysing Belarusian learning from the Soviet Union. The main point of interest in the chapter is that the Moldovan and Ukrainian regimes appear to learn from the internal, both in terms of failure and success. This is particularly the case regarding the examples of Plahotniuc and Poroshenko learning from previous regimes both belonged to. The chapter ends with a discussion of the importance of success and failure in authoritarian learning.

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The Authoritarian International
Tracing How Authoritarian Regimes Learn in the Post-Soviet Space
, pp. 103 - 126
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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