By Steve Hess
The turbulent yr of 2011 has introduced the looks of mass renowned unrest and the cave in of lengthy lived autocratic regimes in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and probably Syria. The unexpected and unanticipated fall of those regimes – frequently considered exemplars of authoritarian resilience - has introduced a lot of the traditional knowledge at the longevity and vulnerability of nondemocratic regimes into query. This e-book seeks to improve the present literature through treating the autocratic nation no longer as a unitary actor characterised by means of energy or weak spot yet quite as a constitution or terrain which may on the other hand inhibit or facilitate the looks of nationwide point varieties of protests. within the mode of the Arab Spring, the colour revolutions of the previous Soviet Union, and the folks energy stream of the Philippines, such routine triumph over the daunting impediments provided by means of autocrats, entice likeminded opposite numbers throughout society, and crush the power of regimes to take care of order. Conversely, in different settings, akin to modern China, decentralized nation constructions supply an inhospitable surroundings for national-level protest, prime collective actors to select extra neighborhood and parochial different types of competition. This consequence produces paradoxical events, resembling within the PRC, the place protests are common yet national-level mobilization and coordination is absent.
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