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Autocracy and Resistance in the Internet Age

Rachel Vanderhill

How do autocratic governments exploit communication technology in their efforts to maintain power? Can prodemocracy activists successfully use that same technology to support the overthrow of autocratic rulers? Rachel Vanderhill addresses these two questions, exploring in detail how social media are both aiding and undermining autocratic regimes in the Middle East, North Africa, and the former    More >

Autocracy and Resistance in the Internet Age

Capital Cities in Africa: Power and Powerlessness

Simon Bekker and Göran Therborn, editors

Capital cities today remain central to both nations and states. They host centers of political power, not only national, but in some cases regional and global as well, thus offering major avenues to success, wealth and privilege. For these reasons capitals simultaneously become centers of 'counter-power,' locations of high-stakes struggles between the government and the opposition. This    More >

Capital Cities in Africa: Power and Powerlessness