The Rise of Nonviolent Resistance

Policy brief

Chenoweth, Erica (2016) The Rise of Nonviolent Resistance, PRIO Policy Brief, 19. Oslo: PRIO.

Nonviolent resistance has been a surprisingly effective method of political change. Moreover, it is becoming an increasingly common practice around the world. This policy brief highlights some key trends in nonviolent resistance – including a puzzling sudden decline in the effectiveness of nonviolent resistance since 2010, an increase in the number of violent flanks within otherwise nonviolent uprisings, and the surprising lack of direct state support for such campaigns. The brief concludes with implications for policymakers concerned with human rights and democracy assistance.

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