Nonviolent Power and Revolutionary Change
This chapter lays out the analytic framework for the study by introducing readers to theories of revolutions and strategic nonviolence. It reviews recent research on this topic, focusing on the factors that may shape the emergence and outcomes of armed and unarmed revolutionary movements. This chapter concludes with five questions that the author explores throughout the book: (1) Which forms of civil resistance have the greatest impact on regimes? (2) What strategies do rulers use to preserve their power? (3) What effect do international sanctions have? (4) Why do security force members defect or remain loyal? and (5) What factors can derail a well-planned nonviolent revolt?
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