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Authoritarian resilience and regime cohesion in Morocco after the Arab Spring

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-288
Number of pages14
JournalMIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES
Volume55
Issue number2
Early online date21 Jan 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2019

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This article argues that Morocco's competitive authoritarian regime is more resilient today in certain key respects than it was when the Arab Spring began. Drawing on Levitsky and Way's dimension of organisational power, the article contends the regime was sufficiently unnerved by the unrest to resort to the use of high intensity coercion as part of its response to the 20 February Movement. The article maintains that, in employing this force successfully, the regime has turned the protests into an important source of non-material cohesion for its security apparatus and thereby enhanced its ability to defend itself from similar challenges in the future.

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