Manufacturing Dissent: Modernization and the Onset of Major Nonviolent Resistance Campaigns
2016 (English)In: Journal of Conflict Resolution, ISSN 0022-0027, E-ISSN 1552-8766, Vol. 60, no 2, 311-339 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A growing research field examines the conditions under which major nonviolent resistance campaigns—that is, popular nonviolent uprisings for regime or territorial change—are successful. Why these campaigns emerge in the first place is less well understood. We argue that extensive social networks that are economically interdependent with the state make strategic nonviolence more feasible. These networks are larger and more powerful in states whose economies rely upon organized labor. Global quantitative analysis of the onset of violent and nonviolent campaigns from 1960 to 2006 (NAVCO), and major protest events in Africa from 1990 to 2009 (SCAD) shows that the likelihood of nonviolent conflict onset increases with the proportion of manufacturing to gross domestic product. This study points to a link between modernization and social conflict, a link that has been often hypothesized, but, hitherto, unsupported by empirical studies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2016. Vol. 60, no 2, 311-339 p.
internal armed conflict, conflict, rebellion, resource extraction, social networks
Research subject Peace and Conflict Research
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-213163DOI: 10.1177/0022002714541843ISI: 000369957500005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-213163DiVA: diva2:680913