How Autocracies Fall

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The article discusses the failures of autocratic governments and dictators in relation to mass uprisings and military coups. Topics include international cooperation in promoting democratization of autocracies, the effectiveness of revolts and revolutions, and the impact of violence on potential democratization after a regime change. Also addressed are the role of regime elites in the stability of autocracies, the role of mass demonstrations in promoting democratization, and the impact of foreign aid on autocracies.

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Kendall-Taylor, A. & Frantz, E. (2014). How Autocracies Fall. Washington Quarterly, 37(1), 35-47. https://doi.org/10.1080/0163660X.2014.893172