Nonviolent Power and Revolutionary Change

Sharon Erickson Nepstad

in Nonviolent Revolutions

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199778201
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199897216 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Culture and Politics

Nonviolent Power and Revolutionary Change

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This chapter lays out the analytic framework for the study by introducing readers to theories of revolutions and strategic nonviolence. It reviews recent research on this topic, focusing on the factors that may shape the emergence and outcomes of armed and unarmed revolutionary movements. This chapter concludes with five questions that the author explores throughout the book: (1) Which forms of civil resistance have the greatest impact on regimes? (2) What strategies do rulers use to preserve their power? (3) What effect do international sanctions have? (4) Why do security force members defect or remain loyal? and (5) What factors can derail a well-planned nonviolent revolt?

Keywords: revolutions; civil resistance; strategic nonviolence; movement emergence; movement outcomes; international sanctions; repression; security force defections; counterstrategies

Chapter.  6412 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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