Authoritarian Landscapes

Popular Mobilization and the Institutional Sources of Resilience in Nondemocracies

Authors: Hess, Steve

  • ​Analyses popular mobilization in non-democratic settings
  • Focuses particular attention to the characteristics of autocracies that increase or decrease their longevity and propensity to collapse
  • Investigates how the features of authoritarian institutional structures can alternatively facilitate or constrain popular actors’ ability to organize sustained nationwide protest movements​
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The turbulent year of 2011 has brought the appearance of mass popular unrest and the collapse of long lived autocratic regimes in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and possibly Syria. The sudden and unanticipated fall of these regimes – often thought of as exemplars of authoritarian resilience - has brought much of the conventional wisdom on the durability and vulnerability of nondemocratic regimes into question. This book seeks to advance the existing literature by treating the autocratic state not as a unitary actor characterized by strength or weakness but rather as a structure or terrain that can alternatively inhibit or facilitate the appearance of national level forms of protests. In the mode of the Arab Spring, the color revolutions of the former Soviet Union, and the people power movement of the Philippines, such movements overcome the daunting impediments presented by autocrats, appeal to likeminded counterparts across society, and overwhelm the ability of regimes to maintain order. Conversely, in other settings, such as contemporary China, decentralized state structures provide an inhospitable environment for national-level protest, leading collective actors to opt for more local and parochial forms of contention. This outcome produces paradoxical situations, such as in the PRC, where protests are frequent but national-level mobilization and coordination is absent.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Authoritarian Landscapes
Book Subtitle
Popular Mobilization and the Institutional Sources of Resilience in Nondemocracies
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-6537-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-6537-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-6536-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-9138-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 244
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