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Authoritarian practices that seriously threaten the freedom of citizens have become an everyday topic. Take Russia, where hundreds of demonstrators were arrested last week. Or consider the violence against journalists that has taken place in recent years within countries that are formally democracies, such as India and Mexico. Researchers at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) released an animation providing new insight into authoritarian practices.

Still from the animation movie

For five years, UvA political scientists have conducted research into authoritarian practices across the world, investigating the relationship with globalisation and the information technology revolution. They draw an important conclusion: we should no longer focus our attention on specific countries which are authoritarian but rather on practices which are also happening in democratic countries, in contexts where countries cooperate, and even with the support of major businesses. These practices include silencing critical voices, sometimes across borders. The results of this investigation have now been encapsulated in a three-minute animation.

Animation during the Night of the Dictatorships

The animation will be presented on Thursday, 13 September at the Night of the Dictatorships (Nacht van de Dictatuur) at De Balie in Amsterdam and on Friday, 14 September during the same event at TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht.
More about the Night of the Dictatorships

About the research project 'Authoritarianism in a Global Age'

The research project on authoritarian practices entitled 'Authoritarianism in a Global Age' was funded by the European Research Council (Advanced Grant) and concluded in 2018. The research team comprised: Prof. Marlies Glasius (PI), Jos Bartman (PhD), Emanuela Dalmasso (PhD), Meta de Lange (junior researcher), Adele Del Sordi (postdoc), Imke Harbers (researcher), Aofei Lv (postdoc), Marcus Michaelsen (postdoc) and Kris Ruijgrok (PhD).
Website Authoritarianism in a Global Age