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

Chenoweth, Erica; Stephan, Maria J.

Verlag: Columbia University Press, 2011
ISBN 10: 0231156820 / ISBN 13: 9780231156820
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Titel: Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic ...

Verlag: Columbia University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2011

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "This is the first major scholarly book that makes a well-supported argument that, contrary to what many people believe, non-violence is more effective than armed resistance in overthrowing regimes, an advantage that is maintained even when the target is not democratic." -- Robert Jervis, Columbia University. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0231156820

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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.


Winner of the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award from the American Political Science Association

Winner of the 2013 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order

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