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The Iron Cage of LiberalismInternational Politics and Unarmed Revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa$
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Daniel Ritter

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199658329

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658329.001.0001

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Rights, Rhetoric, and Revolutions

Rights, Rhetoric, and Revolutions

(p.211) 7 Rights, Rhetoric, and Revolutions
The Iron Cage of Liberalism

Daniel P. Ritter

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The book’s final chapter summarizes the study’s central findings and restates its theoretical argument. The chapter concludes that friendly international relations between democratic states and authoritarian regimes make the latter vulnerable to unarmed revolutions through the imposition of the iron cage of liberalism. The chapter assesses the implication of the theoretical framework for theories of revolution and civil resistance, and ponders the causal argument’s wider applicability and generalizability. Finally, it speculates about the future of unarmed revolutions, proposing that such revolutions are likely to remain the most common type of revolution in the foreseeable future, and that success and failure will likely continue to depend on international factors.

Keywords:   unarmed revolution, iron cage of liberalism, revolution, civil resistance, international relations

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