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The threat of autocracy diffusion in consolidated democracies? The case of China, Singapore and Australia

Chou, Mark, Pan, Chengxin and Poole, Avery 2017, The threat of autocracy diffusion in consolidated democracies? The case of China, Singapore and Australia, Contemporary politics, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 175-194, doi: 10.1080/13569775.2016.1187468.

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Title The threat of autocracy diffusion in consolidated democracies? The case of China, Singapore and Australia
Author(s) Chou, Mark
Pan, Chengxin
Poole, Avery
Journal name Contemporary politics
Volume number 23
Issue number 2
Start page 175
End page 194
Total pages 20
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 1356-9775
1469-3631
Keyword(s) Autocracy promotion
autocracy diffusion
soft power
China
Singapore
Australia
Summary The majority of today’s authoritarian regimes have little hope of promoting autocracy beyond their own borders, let alone to consolidated democratic countries. However, China and Singapore are two prominent examples of non-democratic countries whose soft power arsenals have given them some global appeal beyond that enjoyed by most authoritarian regimes. But to what extent has China’s and Singapore’s power of example influenced consolidated democracies in terms that the latter wanting to replicate some political practices or even norms in these non-democratic regimes? In this article, we engage recent works to examine this question in relation to how Australians perceive the political example offered by China and Singapore. Focusing our analysis on several prominent polls conducted recently by the Lowy Institute for International Policy, we suggest that at present there is little evidence of a causal impact of the rise of authoritarian powerhouses such as China and Singapore on how Australians view democracy at home. Through these case studies, this article sheds some light on the theoretical as well as practical questions about the inherent impediments of authoritarian diffusion in consolidated democracies.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13569775.2016.1187468
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
1606 Political Science
Socio Economic Objective 940304 International Political Economy (excl. International Trade)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016 Informa UK Limited
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Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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