Personalization of Power and Mass Uprisings in Dictatorships

  title={Personalization of Power and Mass Uprisings in Dictatorships},
  author={John Chin and Wonjun Song and Joseph G Wright},
  journal={British Journal of Political Science},
  pages={25 - 44}
Abstract Most major nonviolent civil resistance campaigns target autocratic regimes. Yet, most dictators are toppled by their close supporters, not civilian protesters. Building on theories of strategic interactions between leaders, security agents, and protesters, we make three core claims: first, protesters are relatively less likely to mount a major nonviolent uprising against dictatorships with personalized security forces; secondly, personalized security forces are more likely to repress… 
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Dictators, personalized security forces, and coups

  • Wonjun Song
  • Political Science
    International Interactions
  • 2022
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