Unarmed Insurrections: People Power Movements In Nondemocracies

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U of Minnesota Press, 2005 - Political Science - 228 pages
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In the last two decades of the twentieth century, a wave of "people power" movements erupted throughout the nondemocratic world. In South Africa, the Philippines, Nepal, Thailand, Burma (Myanmar), China, and elsewhere, mass protest demonstrations, strikes, boycotts, civil disobedience, and other nonviolent actions were brought to bear on a rigid political status quo. Kurt Schock compares the successes of the antiapartheid movement in South Africa, the people power movement in the Philippines, the pro-democracy movement in Nepal, and the antimilitary movement in Thailand with the failures of the pro-democracy movement in China and the anti-regime challenge in Burma. Schock develops a synthetic framework that allows him to identify which characteristics increase the resilience of a challenge to state repression, and which aspects of a state's relations can he exploited by such a challenge. By looking at how these methods of protest promoted regime change in some countries but not in others, this book provides rare insight into the often overlooked and little understood power of nonviolent action.
 

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Contents

From Peoples War to People Power?
1
Political Process and Nonviolent Action Approaches
24
South Africa and the Philippines
56
Burma and China
91
People Power
120
Trajectories of Unarmed Insurrections
142
Notes
173
Works Cited
185
Index
211
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