Authoritarian Practices in a Global Age
Book talk with Professor Marlies Glasius
In this talk Professor Marlies Glasius will talk about her new book . Authoritarian Practices in a Global Age. The book challenges the assumption that authoritarianism is necessarily a phenomenon located at the level of the state. Redefining authoritarianism from a practice perspective allows us to understand how authoritarian practices unfold and evolve within democracies and in transnational settings. Authoritarian Practices in a Global Age provides a parsimonious framework for recognizing and analysing contemporary manifestations of authoritarianism beyond the state, alongside a number of empirical case studies. The empirical chapters comprise a study of transnational repression by authoritarian states; two chapters on informal and formal multilateral collaboration in anti-terrorist policies; a chapter on corporate and public-private authoritarian practices in the mining sector; and a chapter on cover-ups of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The concluding chapter draws out commonalities and unique features from the case studies, thereby setting out a research agenda for future work.
Marlies Glasius a Professor in International Relations at the Department of Politics, University of Amsterdam. Her main research interests are in authoritarianism, politics of taxation, global civil society, and international criminal justice. She is the author of Authoritarian Practices in a Global Age (Oxford University Press, 2023), The International Criminal Court: A Global Civil Society Achievement (2006, open access), and lead author of the methods book Research, Ethics and Risk in the Authoritarian Field (2018, open access), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters.
From 2019-2022, she served as Department Chair of UvA's Politics Department. Before that, she was the principal investigator of the ERC-funded project Authoritarianism in a Global Age (2013-2018). She holds a PhD cum laude from the Netherlands School of Human Rights Research. From 2000 to 2008, I worked at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where she was one of the founding editors of the Global Civil Society Yearbook.