In the last ten years, there has been a resurgence of interest in repression and violence within states. Paths to State Repression improves our understanding of why states use political repression, highlighting its relationship to dissent and mass protest. The authors draw upon a wide variety of political-economic contexts, methodological approaches, and geographic locales, including Cuba, Nicaragua, Peru, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Israel, Eastern Europe, and Africa. This book is invaluable to all who wish to better understand why central authorities violate and restrict human rights and how states can break their cycles of conflict.
The contributors to this timely volume tell us a lot about how democracy and human rights, on the one hand, and state repression and political coercion, on the other, influence social movements and political conflict. These original essays will be widely read and appreciated.--Mark I. Lichbach, University of California, Riverside