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What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Authoritarian Regimes?

What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Authoritarian Regimes?

First Edition

December 2023 | 136 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

At least 70% of the world’s population now lives under an autocracy. There are more openly authoritarian states than ever, democratic regimes are ‘backsliding’ into autocracy, and authoritarian values and practices are increasingly normalized. Regimes in China and Russia are as prominent and urgent as ever, but authoritarianism is spreading across the globe.

Why is this happening? What can we do about it?

This book is a concise and compelling exploration of the increasing number and influence of authoritarian regimes. It explains the realities of recent trends to ‘autocratisation’, the tools these regimes use, what we can do to resist, and why we might even allow ourselves a degree of optimism.

Professor Natasha Lindstaedt works at the Department of Government at the University of Essex.

The ‘What Do We Know and What Should We Do About...?' series offers readers short, up-to-date overviews of key issues often misrepresented, simplified or misunderstood in modern society and the media. Each book is written by a leading social scientist with an established reputation in the relevant subject area.

"Short, sharp and compelling." - Alex Preston, The Observer

"If you want to learn a lot about what matters most, in as short a time as possible, this is the series for you."- Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, University of Oxford

What do we know?
What should we do?

Natasha Lindstaedt, one of the finest experts in comparative authoritarianism worldwide, provides a thought-provoking synopsis of what we know about authoritarian regimes today. It is such an informative and nuanced tour d'horizon that I can only warmly recommend that you go and buy this book!

Johannes Gerschewski
Leibniz University

Concise, insightful, full of illustrative examples, and beautifully written, Prof. Lindstaedt’s book is an absolute must for anyone interested in understanding modern authoritarianism, its strategies of survival, the role of protest campaigns in destabilising such regimes and the (many) policy implications of these issues. 

Abel Escribà-Folch
Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Dictators and dictatorships are an increasingly prominent part of the international landscape, yet their motivations and policies are poorly understood. Written by the utmost authority in the field, this brilliant book succinctly summarizes the state-of-art research on authoritarianism including on the new forms of autocracy and authoritarian behaviour.

Alexander Baturo
Dublin City University

A useful primer on perhaps the most critical issue for the world’s democracies: how the world seems to be sliding away from democracy and toward greater autocracy. Critical reading for those trying to better understand our present – and our future.

Thomas Ambrosio

Natasha Lindstaedt

Natasha Lindstaedt a Professor of Government at the University of Essex and the Deputy Dean of Education in Social Sciences. She has extensive experience teaching in a number of areas including International Relations, Political Development, Violent Non-State Actors, State Building, Conflict and Middle East Politics. Her research interests focus on issues that intersect in global and comparative politics such as authoritarianism, democratic backsliding, human security and new forms of violence. She has consulted for various organizations including the European Union, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance ... More About Author

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