Why Civil Resistance Works The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict

ISBN-10: 0231156839

ISBN-13: 9780231156837

Edition: 2012

Authors: Erica Chenoweth, Maria J. Stephan

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For more than a century, from 1900 to 2006, campaigns of nonviolent resistance were more than twice as effective as their violent counterparts in achieving their stated goals. By attracting impressive support from citizens, whose activism takes the form of protests, boycotts, civil disobedience, and other forms of nonviolent noncooperation, these efforts help separate regimes from their main sources of power and produce remarkable results, even in Iran, Burma, the Philippines, and the Palestinian Territories.Combining statistical analysis with case studies of specific countries and territories, Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan detail the factors enabling such campaigns to succeed and, sometimes, causing them to fail. They find that nonviolent resistance presents fewer obstacles to moral and physical involvement and commitment, and that higher levels of participation contribute to enhanced resilience, greater opportunities for tactical innovation and civic disruption (and therefore less incentive for a regime to maintain its status quo), and shifts in loyalty among opponents' erstwhile supporters, including members of the military establishment.Chenoweth and Stephan conclude that successful nonviolent resistance ushers in more durable and internally peaceful democracies, which are less likely to regress into civil war. Presenting a rich, evidentiary argument, they originally and systematically compare violent and nonviolent outcomes in different historical periods and geographical contexts, debunking the myth that violence occurs because of structural and environmental factors and that it is necessary to achieve certain political goals. Instead, the authors discover, violent insurgency is rarely justifiable on strategic grounds.
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/11/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acknowledgements
Why Civil Resistance Works
The Success of Nonviolent Resistance Campaigns
The Primacy of Participation in Nonviolent Resistance
Exploring Alternative Explanations for the Success of Civil Resistance
Case Studies
Introduction to the Case Studies
The Iranian Revolution, 1977-197?
The First Palestinian Intifada, 1987-1992
The Philippine People Power Movement, 1983-1986
Why Civil Resistance Sometimes Fails: The Burmese Uprising, 1988-1990
Case Study: Summary
The Implications of Civil Resistance
After the Campaign: The Consequences of Violent and Nonviolent Resistance
Conclusion
Epilogue
Appendix
Notes
References
Index
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