Democratic Vulnerability and Autocratic Meddling

The "Thucydidean Brink" in Regressive Geopolitical Competition

Authors: Aaltola, Mika

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  • Combines a theoretical perspective (i.e. Thucydidean Brink) with analysis of current cases of election meddling
  • Considers democratic vulnerabilities within the context of overall geopolitical dynamics
  • Bridges the current disconnect between election meddling and wider political/international theory
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This book investigates complex regressive dynamics in contemporary Western democracies. They include not only severe polarization in domestic politics, but also efforts by external autocratic powers to co-opt the increasingly digitalized political processes in the West. The discussion on democratic vulnerability and regression has rarely been historically and theoretically reflective. The aim is to fill this relative void by drawing on classical sources to inform about the political anxieties and agitations of our present time as the Western world moves towards new critical elections. The key concept of the analysis, a Thucydidean brink, refers to a critical point where the attraction felt towards an outside geopolitical competitor becomes stronger than the political affinity felt towards one’s domestic political opponent. As political polarization, societal decomposition and the collusive tendencies grow in strength, political factions and political candidates in western societies can be(come) drawn to autocratic actors. Perhaps most alarmingly, the resulting nexus between democracies and autocracies can further intensify mutual regression and form downwards-sloping spirals that are not ultimately under any strategic control. This book draws from the experiences of recent elections in major Western democracies to illustrate the widening and deepening underlying regressive tendency.

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Mika Aaltola is Director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Finland, and Professor of International Relations at Tallinn University, Estonia. His previous books include Sowing the Seeds of Sacred: Political Religion of American Era (2008), Western Spectacles of Governance and the Emergence of Humanitarian World Order (2009), Understanding the Politics of Pandemic Scares (2012), and Challenge of Global Commons and Flows for US Power (2016). His current research focuses on understanding the impact of current ideational, cognitive, and technological flows on global order and power.


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Democratic Vulnerability and Autocratic Meddling
Book Subtitle
The "Thucydidean Brink" in Regressive Geopolitical Competition
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-54602-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-54602-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-54601-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-54604-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 198
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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