Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict (Columbia Studies in Terrorism and Irregular Warfare)

Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict (Columbia Studies in Terrorism and Irregular Warfare)

Erica Chenoweth, Maria J. Stephan


For greater than a century, from 1900 to 2006, campaigns of nonviolent resistance have been greater than two times as powerful as their violent opposite numbers achieve their acknowledged pursuits. through attracting remarkable help from electorate, whose activism takes the shape of protests, boycotts, civil disobedience, and other kinds of nonviolent noncooperation, those efforts support separate regimes from their major assets of strength and convey impressive effects, even in Iran, Burma, the Philippines, and the Palestinian Territories.

Combining statistical research with case reviews of particular international locations and territories, Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan element the standards permitting such campaigns to be successful and, occasionally, inflicting them to fail. They locate that nonviolent resistance provides fewer stumbling blocks to ethical and actual involvement and dedication, and that larger degrees of participation give a contribution to superior resilience, better possibilities for tactical innovation and civic disruption (and as a result much less incentive for a regime to take care of its prestige quo), and shifts in loyalty between rivals' erstwhile supporters, together with participants of the army institution.

Chenoweth and Stephan finish that winning nonviolent resistance ushers in additional sturdy and internally peaceable democracies, that are much less more likely to regress into civil struggle. featuring a wealthy, evidentiary argument, they initially and systematically examine violent and nonviolent results in several old sessions and geographical contexts, debunking the parable that violence happens as a result of structural and environmental components and that it will be significant to accomplish sure political objectives. as a substitute, the authors notice, violent insurgency isn't justifiable on strategic grounds.

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