Publication date:

15 March 2000

Length of book:

264 pages


Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9780847693900

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.
All students of repression and dissent owe a debt to Christian Davenport and his collaborators, not only for assembling important evidence about how repression and dissent work in today's world, but also for looking hard at the way one incites the other—as well as thinking through conditions and interventions that might reverse vicious cycles of mutual destruction.