Authoritarian Politics and International Relations (APIR)
This new workshop series on Authoritarian Politics and International Relations offers a forum for systematic debate about authoritarianism in world politics by bringing together scholars from comparative politics and international relations. We are convinced that studies from both sub-disciplines will greatly benefit in terms of theory development and empirical analysis by discussing the international consequences of authoritarian rule and how developments abroad affect dictatorships domestically. All too often, relevant contributions to one discipline miss important debates from the other. Empirically, both the relevance of authoritarianism and of the international level is growing and become increasingly related. It is therefore important to integrate insights into the specifics of authoritarian rule and international politics in order to develop more accurate theories and analyses.
We invite papers combining comparative authoritarianism and IR, but are open to contributions that help clarify important theoretical concepts and empirical patterns in either discipline that can shed novel light on the seminar’s overall theme. Also, we encourage presentations on normative political theory with a focus on regime type and international affairs. Colleagues interested in presenting in the workshop series should email Alex Tokhi (alexandros.tokhi [at] wzb.eu) or Alex Schmotz (alexander.schmotz [at] wzb.eu).
When: Once a month on a Tuesday afternoon (see dates below)
Where: WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Reichpietschufer 50, 10785 Berlin
What: A classic format: 90 minute research seminar with one paper presentation (15 min), one discussant (10), and plenty of time for Q&A
Who: All scholars from WZB and the Berlin area and anyone interested in authoritarian politics and/or international relations
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Feel the Story: Narratives, Emotions, and the Contestation of the Liberal Order
Jelena Cupac (WZB)
Sarah Eaton (Göttingen) and Armin Müller (Bremen)
Political Activism in Authoritarian Regimes: Does Trust Matter? Evidence from the MENA
Nadine Sika (American University, Cairo); discussant: tba
Autocracy from the Outside-In? Regional Organizations and Authoritarian Resilience
Maria Debre (Maastricht University); discussant: Alexandros Tokhi (WZB)
Insult and Charisma: Deployment of an Obsolete Law in Turkish Democratic Backsliding
Defne Över (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) and İrem Ebetürk (WZB); discussant: Kriszta Kovács (WZB)
Regulate or Restrict? Classifying Legislation on Foreign Funding for Civil Society Organisations
Thomas Richter (GIGA Hamburg)
BLACK BOX. Donors, Activists, and the Global Spread of Human Rights
Álvaro Morcillo Laiz (WZB)
Content Control Contestations: Russia and China as Norm Entrepreneurs of Information Security Norms?
Daniëlle Flonk (Hertie School of Governance)
Comparing authoritarian publics: The benefits and risks of three types of publics for autocrats
Florian Töpfl (FU Berlin); discussant: tba
Beyond Authoritarian Threat: The Variety of Populist Challenges to the Liberal International Order
Cedric Koch (WZB); discussant: Roberto Frega (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
Democratization vs Militarization. The Politics of Welfare in Tunisia and Egypt after the Arab Spring
Roy Karadag, Saara Inkinen & Kressen Thyen (Bremen University); discussant: Friederike Luise Kelle (WZB)
Democracy under Pressure. Investigating the nature and origins of democratic backsliding in Europe’s new democracies?
Julia Langbein (Freie Universität Berlin); discussant: Alexander Schmotz
Cancelled - postponed - new appointment coming soon!!!
Russian Norm Entrepreneurship in Crimea: Serious Contestation or Cheap Talk?
Christoph Stefes (University of Colorado Denver); discussant: Alexandros Tokhi
International Authority and the Emergency Problematique. IO Empowerment Through Crises
Christian Kreuder-Sonnen (WZB); discussant: Alexander Schmotz