Accession Number:

ADA276580

Title:

The Iranian Revolution: A Case Study in Coercive Power Consolidation

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

226.0

Abstract:

The Author examines the Khomeini Regimes process of power consolidation before, during and after the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Using this event as a case study in coercive power consolidation, the author determines the Khomeini Regimes co-optation and incorporation through coercion and persuasion of the Iranian military was the first and crucial step in this process. He further examines the Islamic Republic of Irans use of the military to then consolidate its power by suppressing ethnic minorities, political opposition groups, and religious minorities. Throughout the thesis, the Khomeini Regimes practice of demonizing its enemies will be examine as a principal component of the power consolidation process. The major conclusion of this study is that the essence of regime legitimization was grounded in the incorporation of the army as a necessary element of power. The regime then used the army to suppress those elements of society that it deemed threatening or unnecessary. Iran, Iranian revolution, Islam, Middle East, Middle Eastern politics, Middle Eastern history, Political violence.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Humanities and History
  • Geography
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE