Personalization of Power and Mass Uprisings in Dictatorships

@article{Chin2022PersonalizationOP,
  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},
  year={2022},
  volume={53},
  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… 
1 Citations

Dictators, personalized security forces, and coups

  • Wonjun Song
  • Political Science
    International Interactions
  • 2022
ABSTRACT Dictators rely on coercive forces to remain in office, as violence is the ultimate arbiter of power in these regimes. However, coercive forces also can remove the dictator from office in a

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 100 REFERENCES

Military Power and Democratization

Can Structural Conditions Explain the Onset of Nonviolent Uprisings?

Despite the prevalence of nonviolent uprisings in recent history, no existing scholarship has produced a generalized explanation of when and where such uprisings are most likely to occur. Our primary

Mobilization, Repression and the Choice between Violent and Nonviolent Tactics

Why do some dissident groups employ violent tactics, while others prefer nonviolence to pursue similar goals, and why do they switch tactics after embracing one? To address these questions, I analyze

Defect or Defend: Military Responses to Popular Protests in Authoritarian Asia

Although social movements and media can help destabilize authoritarian governments, not all social protest is effective or culminates in the toppling of dictatorships. Frequently, the military's

Paradigms and Sand Castles: Theory Building and Research Design in Comparative Politics

Makes a compelling case for the importance of thoughtful research design and persuasive evidence in theory building

Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict

The historical record indicates that nonviolent campaigns have been more successful than armed campaigns in achieving ultimate goals in political struggles, even when used against similar opponents

The Politics of Authoritarian Rule

1. Introduction: the anatomy of dictatorship 2. The world of authoritarian politics Part I. The Problem of Authoritarian Power-Sharing: 3. And then there was one!: Authoritarian power-sharing and the

Unpacking nonviolent campaigns

Recent studies indicate that strategic nonviolent campaigns have been more successful over time in achieving their political objectives than violent insurgencies. But additional research has been

Iraq's Armed Forces: An Analytical History

1. Introduction Section 1: The Mandate Army 2. Creation, Conscription, and Cohesion 1921-1936 Section 2: Praetorian Iraq 3. The Military Moderator Regimes 1936-1941 4. Dismantling the Military

Dictators and their Secret Police: Coercive Institutions and State Violence

How do dictators stay in power? When, and how, do they use repression to do so? Dictators and their Secret Police explores the role of the coercive apparatus under authoritarian rule in Asia - how
...