Title Dictators and their secret police : coercive institutions and state violence / Sheena Chestnut Greitens.
Imprint Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Author Greitens, Sheena Chestnut. author.
Date 01-01-2016
Physical description xix, 324 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Major subject Dictatorships
State sponsored violence
Intelligence services
Political violence
Asia, East
Minor subject Taiwan
Korea, South
Overseas item
LCSH Dictatorship.
Intelligence service.
Political violence.
State crimes.
State sponsored terrorism.
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9781107139848
Abstract 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 these secret organizations originated, how they operated, and how their violence affected ordinary citizens. Greitens argues that autocrats face a coercive dilemma: whether to create internal security forces designed to manage popular mobilization, or defend against potential coup. Violence against civilians, she suggests, is a byproduct of their attempt to resolve this dilemma. Drawing on a wealth of new historical evidence, this book challenges conventional wisdom on dictatorship: what autocrats are threatened by, how they respond, and how this affects the lives and security of the millions under their rule. It offers an unprecedented view into the use of surveillance, coercion, and violence, and sheds new light on the institutional and social foundations of authoritarian power.
Contents Machine generated contents note: Part I. The Puzzle and the Argument: 1. Introduction; 2. A theory of coercive institutions and state violence; Part II. The Origins of Coercive Institutions: 3. Organizing coercion in Taiwan; 4. Organizing coercion in the Philippines; 5. Organizing coercion in South Korea; Part III. Coercive Institutions and State Violence: 6. Coercive institutions and repression in Taiwan; 7. Coercive institutions and repression in the Philippines; 8. Coercive institutions and repression in South Korea; Part IV. Extensions and Conclusions: 9. Extending the argument: coercion outside East Asia; 10. Conclusion; Appendix. A note on sources.
LCN 1188685
Item ID 311005
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