People Power and Political Change: Key Issues and Concepts

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Routledge, Mar 1, 2013 - Political Science - 210 pages
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This book examines the upsurge in mass popular protest against undemocratic regimes. Relating early revolutions to recent global trends and protests, it examines the significance of ‘people power’ to democracy.

Taking a comparative approach, this text analyses unarmed uprisings in Iran 1977-79, Latin America and Asia in the 1980s, Africa from 1989-1992, 1989 in Eastern Europe and ex-Soviet states after 2000, right up to the 2011 ‘Arab Spring’. The author assesses the influence on people power of global politics and trends, such as the growth of international governmental organizations and international law, citizen networks operating across borders, and emerging media (like Twitter and Wikileaks). Although stressing the positive potential of people power, this text also examines crucial problems of repression, examples of failure and potential political problems, disintegration of empires and the role of power rivalries. Drawing from contemporary debates about democratization and literatures on power, violence and nonviolence, from both academic sources and media perspectives, this text builds an incisive analytical argument about the changing nature of power itself.

People Power and Political Change is a must read for students and scholars of democratic theory, international politics and current affairs.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
People power and nonviolent methods in historical
People power and peoples war compared
People power and changing theories of revolution
Power violence and unarmed resistance
body politic nation or class?
electoral
7Global trendstransnational solidarityand international
Conclusion
People power movements against political
Index
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April Carter is Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies, Coventry University.

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