- Cambridge University Press
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- May 2023
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Stephen Hall argues that democracies can preserve their norms and values from increasing attacks and backsliding by better understanding how authoritarian regimes learn. He focuses on the post-Soviet region, investigating two established authoritarian regimes, Belarus and Russia, and two hybrid-regimes, Moldova and Ukraine, with the aim of explaining the concept of authoritarian learning and revealing the practices that are developed and the sources of that learning. Hall finds clear signs of collaboration between countries in developing best survival practices between authoritarian-minded elites, and demonstrates that learning does not just occur between states, rather it can happen at the intra-state level, with elites learning lessons from previous regimes in their own countries. He highlights the horizontal nature of this learning, with authoritarian-minded elites developing methods from a range of sources to ascertain the best practices for survival. Post-Soviet regional organisations are crucial for the development and sharing of these survival practices as they provide 'learning rooms' and training exercises.
Thomas Ambrosio - Professor of Political Science, North Dakota State University
Sarah Birch - Professor of Political Science, King’s College London
Peter J. S. Duncan - School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London
Roberto Foa - Director of the Centre for the Future of Democracy, University of Cambridge
Oisin Tansey - Kings College London
Andrew Wilson - Professor of Ukrainian Studies, UCL SSEES
Nadja Douglas Source: H-Soz-Kult
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