Spreading Autocracy: How to bring others to support your system?

Benjamin Eschenburg

The aim of this PhD thesis is to establish if there is a diffusional effect of authoritarian system and structures. There should be mechanisms at work which are comparable to the diffusion of democracies. With the Nested Analysis approach this research should identify a correlation at the macro level and the causal connection on the micro level. With this it would be shown that there is not only positive diffusion, for example learning from best practice, but also negative diffusion, as in the case of authoritarian practices.