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Volume 4, Issue 4

Volume 4, Issue 4

Nearly all nonviolent resistance movements face a common challenge—the temptation to turn to violence, whether among those within the movement or on the part of the government whose policies or behaviors may be the target of the resistance movement.

Making Civil Resistance Work against Rightwing Populism

Making Civil Resistance Work against Rightwing Populism

The focus of civil resistance movements on ousting rightwing populist leaders is counterproductive because it plays into narratives of “us vs. them” and hampers efforts to gain broad-based support by polarizing supporters and detractors of rightwing populism.

Understanding Varieties of Nonviolent Civil Resistance

The following analysis is from Volume 3, Issue 4 of the Peace Science Digest Citation: Cunningham, K. G., Dahl, M. & Frugé, A. (2017). Strategies of resistance: Diversification and diffusion. American Journal of Political Science, 6, 591-605. This study is

Has Social Media Made It Too Easy To Organize Mass Protests?

Has Social Media Made It Too Easy To Organize Mass Protests?

Before the internet, protesters lacked social media's networking capabilities that allow movements to coordinate and share information in real time. But now, movements have the ability to grow so rapidly that they skip preparation stages that are often vital to movement success.   

How Repression Can Backfire To Fuel Resistance

How Repression Can Backfire To Fuel Resistance

During resistance movements, repression can backfire. Rather than crippling the resistance, repression often fuels resistance and undercuts the legitimacy of a power elite.

Contagious Nonviolence Defeats School Segregation

Contagious Nonviolence Defeats School Segregation

A student-led movement in Bosnia and Herzegovina successfully defeated a government plan to segregate their school. The contagious nature of nonviolent movements may have contributed to their success.