Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict by Erica ChenowethWhy Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict by Erica Chenoweth

Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict

byErica Chenoweth, Maria 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.

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. Previously she taught at Wesleyan University and held fellowships at Harvard, Stanford, and the University of California at Berkeley.Maria...
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Title:Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent ConflictFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pagesPublished:December 11, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsList of TablesAcknowledgmentsPart I. Why Civil Resistance Works1. The Success of Nonviolent Resistance Campaigns2. The Primacy of Particpation in Nonviolent Resistance3. Exploring Alternative Explanations for the Success of Civil ResistancePart II. Case StudiesIntroduction to the Case Studies4. The Iranian Revolution, 1977-19795. The First Palestinian Intifada, 1987-19926. The Philippine People Power Movement, 1983-19867. Why Civil Resistance Sometimes Fails: The Burmese Uprising, 1988-1990Case Study SummaryPart III. The Implications of Civil Resistance8. After the Campaign: The Consequences of Violent and Nonviolent Resistance9. ConclusionEpilogueAppendixNotesReferencesIndex

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Well researched, skillfully written, insightful, and timely.