16. Political sweet spot


The essay cites a study of protests around the globe. This report, “World Protests 2006-2013”, can be downloaded from the Initiative for Public Dialogue website.


Going deeper

  • The relationship between repression and protest is a major topic in political science research. Scholars have looked at why governments sometimes increase repression and sometimes reduce it when faced with protests. They have also studied the backfire effect of repression: how it can spark more protest. Here and here are freely accessible articles on these topics.


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