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Foreign Pressure and the Politics of Autocratic Survival

Abel Escribà-Folch and Joseph Wright

Abstract

Can coercive foreign policy destabilize autocratic regimes? Can democracy be promoted from abroad? This book examines how foreign policy tools such as aid, economic sanctions, human rights shaming and prosecutions, and military intervention influence the survival of autocratic regimes. Foreign pressure destabilizes autocracies through three mechanisms: limiting the regime’s capacity to maintain support; undermining its repressive capacity; and altering the expected utility of stepping down for political elites. The book distinguishes between three types of autocracies: personalist rule, party- ... More

Keywords: foreign pressure, dictatorships, survival, regime transitions, democracy promotion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198746997
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746997.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abel Escribà-Folch, author
Assistant Professor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Joseph Wright, author
Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University