Preferences for the scope of protests

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dc.contributor.author Pellicer, Miquel
dc.contributor.author Wegner, Eva
dc.contributor.author De Juan, Alexander
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-08T11:51:32Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-08T11:51:32Z
dc.date.issued 2018-02
dc.identifier.citation Pellicer, M., Wegner, E., De Juan, A. (2018). Preferences for the scope of protests. Cape Town: SALDRU, UCT. (SALDRU Working Paper Number 223)
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-928281-84-9
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/907
dc.description.abstract This paper studies a dimension of protest largely overlooked in the literature: protest scope, that is, whether protests seek large, structural, changes for a large share of the population or focus on small-scale improvements for small groups. We argue that this protest dimension is relevant for understanding the political consequences of protests. We show empirically that protests vary substantially in scope and that scope is not collinear with other protest dimensions, such as size, motive, or tactics. We explore drivers of individual preferences for protest scope with a survey experiment in two South African townships. We find that respondents made to feel more efficacious tend to support protests of broader scope. This effect operates via a social psychology channel whereby efficacy leads people to assign blame for their problems to more systemic causes. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The research for this paper was funded by the German Research Foundation in the context of the research project “Local Conflict and the Local State” (JU 2979/2-1). We would like to thank Bert Klandermans, Eva Anduiza, Paul Walsh, as well as participants of the workshop “A Closely Coupled Tango? Interactions between Electoral and Protest Politics” at the 2017 ECPR Joint Sessions in Nottingham, the 2017 Barcelona-Gothenburg-BergenWorkshop on Experimental Political Science in Bergen, the 2017 International Meeting on Experimental and Behavioral Social Sciences in Barcelona, the EPSA 2017 in Milan, the 2017 seminar series of the School of Politics and International Relations at Univerity College Dublin, and the seminar series of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town. All errors are ours. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Saldru Working Paper;223
dc.subject Protest Dimensions en_US
dc.subject Political en_US
dc.title Preferences for the scope of protests en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US


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