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Researching Discontent: Here’s Why a Regime May Need—and Secretly Want—Protests

“Do you really want to have secret informants in every single village?”

It’s a question Peter L. Lorentzen has pondered quite a bit. After all, he’s an expert in uncovering discontent among the masses within authoritarian regimes. Secret informants, he asserts, are expensive and not always accurate. So the world’s dictators are likely using other tactics. Read more about Researching Discontent: Here's Why a Regime May Need—and Secretly Want—Protests »

From the Spring 2015 Dropouts and Drop-ins issue of California.
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