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

Benjamin Eschenburg

The area of analysis of policy diffusion is dominated by research on the diffusion of specific policies mostly in democratic states. The diffusion of non-democratic policies and/or systems has so far gained little attention in the field of political science. This is a large gap since it excludes a large number of states from the analysis. Therefore it is useful to analyse if there are diffusional effects of authoritarian structures (executive recruitment, independence of executive authority, and political competition and opposition; based on the research of the Polity IV Project) and if they exist how this diffusional effects are changing over time. This paper will use a time-series-cross-section (TSCS) regression analysis to determine the diffusional effects. The change of the diffusional effects over time will be analysed because it could give better insight in the way how the diffusional effects are taking place. If there is a changing diffusional effect over time it would help to determine the mechanisms which are causing this effect.
The methods used in this paper could later be adapted to analyse the diffusion of different policies between non-democratic states. Furthermore the research done in the field of policy diffusion could then be adjusted to fit for diffusion in non-democratic states. With this it would therefore also help in the research of comparative politics in non-democratic states.