Title

Emerging media, political protests, and government repression in autocracies and democracies from 1995 to 2012

Source of Publication

International Communication Gazette

Abstract

© The Author(s) 2019. This study empirically analyzed the relationships between emerging media as tools in fomenting anti-government protest as well as government repression of political opposition. Using a dataset of 162 democratic and autocratic countries over 18 years, potential differences between these phenomena were examined. The results of a series of analytic models suggest that higher levels of internet and mobile phones are positively associated with more instances of both political protests and political repression, which have increased dramatically in recent years. The differences between democratic and autocratic countries' emerging media and sociopolitical instability trends are explored and discussed.

Document Type

Article

First Page

685

Last Page

704

Publication Date

12-1-2020

DOI

10.1177/1748048518825323

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Britt Christensen, Zayed University
Jacob Groshek, Boston University

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