This is the first major scholarly book to make a well-supported argument that, contrary to what many people believe, nonviolent resistance is more effective than armed resistance in overthrowing regimes, an advantage that is maintained even when the target is not democratic.(Robert Jervis, Columbia University)
Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan offer a fresh, lively, and penetrating analysis of the conditions under which nonviolent resistance succeeds or fails. Using a wealth of data and in-depth case studies, they show that the scholarly emphasis on forceful approaches is misguided: nonviolent movements are often better able to mobilize supporters, resist regime crackdowns, develop innovative resistant techniques, and otherwise take on and defeat repressive regimes and build durable democracies.(Daniel Byman, Georgetown University and senior fellow, Saban Center at the Brookings Institution)
After the breathtaking events of 2011, can anyone doubt that nonviolent civil resistance is an effective tool for political change? In this provocative, well-written, and compelling book, Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan demonstrate that nonviolent civil resistance is usually a better way to force political change. They identify the conditions favoring its success and provide a convincing explanation for why nonviolent resistance is so effective. Their analysis is rigorous yet accessible, and their conclusions have profound implications for anyone seeking to understand -- or promote -- far-reaching social and political reform.(Stephen Walt, Harvard University)
This is social science at its best. Years of critical study culminate in a book on one dominating issue: how does nonviolent opposition compare with violence in removing a regime or achieving secession? The authors study successes and failures and alternative diagnoses of success and failure, reaching a balanced judgment meriting careful study.(Thomas C. Schelling, Harvard University, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics)
All of us dedicated to peaceful protest as a way to change the world can take heart from this book.(Amitabh Pal Progressive)
The work belongs in all academic libraries.... Highly recommended.(Choice)
Well researched, skillfully written, insightful, and timely.(Joseph G. Bock Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict)
This book has a very good review for the related research in the subject.
This highly detailed book is a potential game changer in scholarly debates about the effectiveness of violent vs. nonviolent methods of struggle.
There is incorrect use of statistics ("control for" is not the same is disregard a key variable.
This is a very important book that ought to be read by anyone interested in life-affirming social transformation. Meticulously fact-based, and very readable.
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First what is right with the book-- it assesses an important subject, it cites widely, and it made this liberals heart happy just by being published. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Ashish Chaturvedi
100 % scholarly. If you read Malcom X's book, serious, historical and nice/entertaining reading, this book is a heavy treatise about non violence.Published 1 month ago by Paulo Reimann
I love the ethics that this book points to. It is a little heavy on statistics. It reads like a PhD project. But the case studies were good examples. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MK
A book about using civil resistance to overcome oppression, that uses hand symbols used by the worst oppressors in human history! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jay
In spite of how it appears, it's true that civility, respect, dignity and trust in Life's Creative Process works. Great research and academics!Published 11 months ago by Deanna M. Lococo
This is a meticulous study that shows nonviolence to be more effective than violent revolutions. Even the authors were surprised, but then they were able to explain why. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Metta W. Spencer