Authoritarian leaders, although coming to power through democratic elections, are are undermining some of the key tenets of democratic societies and illustrate an ongoing authoritarian turn in global politics.
In this introduction to a special issue of Geoforum, the authors argue that we are amidst what can be termed an ongoing authoritarian turn in global politics.
While Trump, one of its important examples, is no longer in office in the United States, there remain many countries under the sway of authoritarian leaders, such as Turkey, Egypt, Brazil, Hungary and the Philippines. The policies of Trump, Sisi, Bolsonaro, Orban and Duterte can be characterized as authoritarian developmentalism.
Although they have come to power through democratic elections, these leaders are undermining some of the key tenets of democratic societies. While their policies are couched in nationalist terms and call for the strengthening of the state, they can also be seen as a continuation of the prevailing neoliberal global order.
The article ends by reflecting on the conditions necessary launch effective resistance movements against authoritarian developmentalism and the broader challenge of building vibrant political democracies in post-neoliberal times.
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