9780231156837

Why Civil Resistance Works

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  • ISBN13:

    9780231156837

  • ISBN10:

    0231156839

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/11/2012
  • Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Erica Chenoweth is an assistant professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and an associate senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo. Maria J. Stephan is a strategic planner with the U.S. Department of State. Formerly she served as director of policy and research at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) and as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and American University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Tablesp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Why Civil Resistance Worksp. 1
The Success of Nonviolent Resistance Campaignsp. 3
The Primacy of Participation in Nonviolent Resistancep. 30
Exploring Alternative Explanations for the Success of Civil Resistancep. 62
Case Studiesp. 85
Introduction to the Case Studiesp. 87
The Iranian Revolution, 1977-197?p. 92
The First Palestinian Intifada, 1987-1992p. 119
The Philippine People Power Movement, 1983-1986p. 147
Why Civil Resistance Sometimes Fails: The Burmese Uprising, 1988-1990p. 172
Case Study: Summaryp. 192
The Implications of Civil Resistancep. 199
After the Campaign: The Consequences of Violent and Nonviolent Resistancep. 201
Conclusionp. 220
Epiloguep. 229
Appendixp. 233
Notesp. 243
Referencesp. 261
Indexp. 279
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