Date of Award
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Erica Chenoweth, Ph.D.
Democracy, Democratization, Nonviolent resistance, Political transitions, Protest
Under what conditions will successful nonviolent revolutions be followed by democratization? While the scholarly literature has shown that nonviolent resistance has a positive effect on a country's level of democracy, little research to date has disaggregated this population to explain which cases of successful nonviolent resistance lead to democracy and which do not. In this study I present a theory of democratization in civil resistance transitions in which I argue that political actors' behavior in three strategic challenges: mobilization, maximalism, and holdovers policy, systematically affect the likelihood of democratization. I test this theory using a nested research design that begins with statistical testing on a dataset of every political transition from authoritarian rule in the post-World War II period and continues with three in-depth case studies informed by interviews with key decisionmakers. The testing supports the important of two out of the three challenges: differences in mobilization and maximalism have strong, consistent effects on democratization after civil resistance.
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Pinckney, Jonathan C., "From Dissent to Democracy? The Promise and Perils of Civil Resistance Transitions" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1419.
Received from ProQuest
Jonathan C. Pinckney
International relations, Political science