It is easy for observers, watching a nation in crisis, to conclude that matters cannot worsen, that when economic, political, and security structures are stretched to a “certain” point, “something” must happen. True, coups d’état are a feature of the unstable third world, and generally happen at low points of regimes’ popularity and standing, as is true of the Philippines. But regimes have an ability to decline in standing far greater than was believed possible when scholars began analyzing political stability in the developing world. In Africa in the 1980s, for example, numerous unpopular regimes held on to power year after year, even decade after decade, despite the absence of any apparent popular support or raison d’être.
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