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The interconnection between international ‘This impressive book explores a new dimension in the relationship
organizations (IOs) membership and between political regime and international cooperation. In comprehensive

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democratization has become a topic of empirical analysis that skilfully combines different methodological approaches
intense debate. However, the main focus of and new data, the authors highlight how non-democratic regional organizations
consolidate authoritarian rule through legitimation and economic benefits.’

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the literature so far has been on IOs created
by democratic states and comprised mostly Christina L. Davis, Harvard University
of democracies, for example the European
Union. In contrast to existing studies, this book ‘In this highly original study, Obydenkova and Libman detail how
focuses on another group of regional IOs,
referred to as ‘non-democratic IOs’ which are
organizations founded by autocracies.
regime-type matters for international regional organizations. Through
cross-national statistical analysis and detailed case studies of regional organizations
in Eurasia, they show that regionalism has positive benefits for [non-democratic]
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regimes in terms of legitimation and leadership survival.’

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How do these newly emerged organizations Mark R. Beissinger, Princeton University
interrelate and interact with the outside
world? How do they counteract and confront
the danger of democratization in their own
member states and neighboring states? This
‘We have few systematic studies of the non-democratic organizations.
This book provides a rich and innovative study which helps us understand this
growing and important phenomenon. The volume is essential reading for those
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book aims to address these questions by interested in international organizations and in authoritarian politics.’
Anastassia V. Obydenkova is a visiting
developing a new theory of authoritarian Jon C. W. Pevehouse, University of Wisconsin-Madison professor at the Institute Barcelona D’Estudis
regionalism, and by combining both GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES & THE EURASIAN ENIGMA Internationals (IBEI), Barcelona.
quantitative and qualitative analysis to test it. ‘[T]his groundbreaking and exhaustively researched book offers a definitive
The quantitative analysis uses a large dataset portrait of the new and potent phenomenon of authoritarian regionalism. Through Alexander Libman is Professor of Social
of all regional organizations world-wide for quantitative analysis and revealing case studies, it shows how non-democratic Sciences and Eastern European Studies,
the post-World War II period, with the aim regional organizations legitimate and sustain authoritarianism. . . . a vital and Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich.
of defining historical trends in development sobering contribution to the fields of comparative politics and international relations.’
and the modification of regionalism over the
Larry Diamond, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
last seven decades (1945–2015). Qualitative
analysis refines and develops the argument by ‘[S]ophisticated and insightful . . . Autocratic Regionalism explains how
looking at the case of post-Soviet Eurasia. autocracies have avoided the once-celebrated end of history by … creating regional
organizations of their own. Authors’ account traces the development of regional
The book uncovers a new type of organizations from the 19th century to our own era . . . an innovative, important, and
regionalism—‘authoritarian regionalism’ substantive contribution to international relations and comparative politics.’
and traces its historical roots as well as its
Rawi Abdelal, Harvard University
implications for modern politics. The book is
the first attempt to systematically investigate
the functioning and the impact of authoritarian
regionalism as a new phenomenon as well Jacket image: Shutterstock.com

as its implications for democratization world-


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wide. The book contributes to the theory
ISBN 978-0-19-883904-0

& ALEXANDER LIBMAN


of regionalism, international organizations,
studies of autocracies, foreign policy, and
democratization world-wide.
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