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

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

by Terence Lee

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.

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  • Number of Pages : 252
  • Publisher : Johns Hopkins University Press/ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Weight : 470g
  • Product Code : 9789814695312
  • Dimension : 152 x 229 mm

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Terence Lee

Terence Lee is an assistant professor of political science at the National University of Singapore.