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The Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation$
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Wolfgang Merkel, Raj Kollmorgen, and Hans-Jürgen Wagener

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198829911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198829911.001.0001

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Political Repression

Political Repression

(p.597) Chapter 66 Political Repression
The Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation

Dag Tanneberg

Oxford University Press

Governments use political repression to govern domestic dissent, trying to defend established patterns of power and authority. Repression, thus, is a means to an end and the decision to either repress or adapt goes straight to the heart of every political, social, and economic transformation. This chapter surveys the highly productive literature on political repression and asks three closely related questions: (1) what causes political repression? (2) what are its effects?, and (3) what stops political repression? Along the way the chapter sketches out the threat–repression nexus and its different manifestations. It describes how the effects of political repression vary by its type, targeting, and timing. Finally, the chapter provides a brief discussion of the domestic democratic peace proposition. The chapter concludes by identifying avenues for future research with special emphasis on the role of domestic legal institutions.

Keywords:   repression, human rights, dissent, threat–repression nexus, domestic democratic peace

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