Mass protests and the resource curse: The politics of demobilization in rentier autocracies

  title={Mass protests and the resource curse: The politics of demobilization in rentier autocracies},
  author={Desha M. Girod and Megan A. Stewart and Meir R. Walters},
  journal={Conflict Management and Peace Science},
  pages={503 - 522}
Why are some dictators more successful at demobilizing protest movements than others? Repression sometimes stamps out protest movements (Bahrain in 2011) but can also cause a backlash (Egypt and Tunisia in 2011), leading to regime change. This article argues that the effectiveness of repression in quelling protests varies depending upon the income sources of authoritarian regimes. Oil-rich autocracies are well equipped to contend with domestic and international criticism, and this gives them a… 

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