Hatfield School of Government. Department of Political Science
Lindsay J. Benstead
Term of Graduation
Date of Publication
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science
Mohammed VI (King of Morocco) 1963-, Monarchy -- Morocco -- History -- 21st century, Arab Spring (2010- ), Morocco -- Politics and government -- 1999-
1 online resource (vi, 112 pages)
The Arab Spring of 2011 revealed stark variation in the durability of different types of authoritarian regimes. Kings and emirs demonstrably outperformed their republican peers. This paper provides a qualitative study of the Moroccan monarchy in order to better explain this pattern. The findings of an original media content analysis support the paper's thesis that Morocco's King Mohammed VI maintained his throne by effectively using a historically derived position of concentrated power and immense wealth to manipulate potential opposition and dominate public discourse. This multi-causal mechanism of manufactured consent helped create and sustain the monarch's domestic legitimacy while alienating his opponents. Importantly, the illusion of a free media bolsters his image with Western political elites, thus, drawing greater external support and reducing the cost of repression.
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Duke II, David Michael, "Manufacturing Consent in the Maghreb: How Mohammed VI of Morocco Survived the Arab Spring" (2016). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3413.