A global recession of democracy and increasing democratic backsliding mean that so-called “authoritarian elections” have become more prominent, including in long-standing partner countries of Germany and the European Union.
This policy paper investigates the trend towards authoritarian elections in mainland Southeast Asia – in Thailand, Cambodia, and Myanmar – with a focus on the right to political participation. The paper provides German and European policymakers with recommendations on how to support democracy and good electoral practices.
>>Read more in our dossier "Authoritarian elections in Southeast Asia"
Table of contents
- What are authoritarian regimes?
- The regional context of Southeast Asia
- The human right to political participation
- Three cases in mainland Southeast Asia
- Regional entanglements
- International Responses and Policy Options
- European Union
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