Defect or Defend: Military Responses to Popular Protests in Authotarian States

Defect or Defend: Military Responses to Popular Protests in Authotarian States

Terence Lee

Format: Print Book

ISBN: 9789814695312

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Although social movements and media can destabilize authoritarian governments, not all social protest is effective or culminates in the toppling of dictatorships. Frequently, the military’s response determines the outcome. Terence Lee uses four case studies from Asia to provide insight into the military’s role during the transitional phase of regime change. Lee compares popular uprisings in the Philippines and Indonesia— both of which successfully engaged military support to bring down authoritarian rule—with protest movements in China and Burma which were violently suppressed by military forces. Lee’s theory of “high personalism” and power-sharing among the armed forces leadership provides a framework for understanding the critical transitory phases of democratization.

(Length x Height x Width) in mm :152 x 229
Weight in grams: 470
Author Biography:Terence Lee is an assistant professor of political science at the National University of Singapore.
Binding: Hardcover
Keywords: Political Freedom & Security
Page count: 252
Imprint: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
Publication Date: 20150827


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