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Unfit for DemocracyThe Roberts Court and the Breakdown of American Politics$
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Stephen E. Gottlieb

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780814732427

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814732427.001.0001

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Threat of Force

Threat of Force

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(p.170) 8 Threat of Force
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Unfit for Democracy
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Stephen E. Gottlieb

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814732427.003.0008

Armies and local police, as well as authorized and unauthorized private paramilitaries, are significant to any rebellion. Short of that, the threat of force, violence, and intimidation have been major factors in the breakdown of democracy worldwide as well as the breakdown of state and local democratic government in the U.S. We examine the extent of current problems, the roles of both public and private armed organizations, their potential for violence, and the breakdown of democratic regimes.

Keywords:   armies, breakdown, intimidation, police, paramilitaries, rebellion, threat of force, violence

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