Preferences for the Scope of Protests

Autor(en): Pellicer, Miquel
Wegner, Eva
De Juan, Alexander 
Stichwörter: efficacy; Government & Law; PERCEPTIONS; Political Science; protest; SENSE; SOCIAL-MOVEMENTS; South Africa
Erscheinungsdatum: 2021
Herausgeber: SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
Enthalten in: POLITICAL RESEARCH QUARTERLY
Band: 74
Ausgabe: 2
Startseite: 288
Seitenende: 301
Zusammenfassung: 
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.
ISSN: 10659129
DOI: 10.1177/1065912920905001

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