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Nonviolent Resistance and Peaceful Turnover of Power

Felix S. Bethke
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Published Online: 2017-08-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/peps-2017-0022


Previous research has shown that nonviolent resistance (NVR) campaigns are beneficial for democratization. However, research to date has not considered whether nonviolent revolutions succeed long term in bringing about democratic consolidation. In this paper, I address this gap by analyzing the effect of NVR on democratic consolidation, using data on Huntington’s consolidation criteria of two peaceful turnovers of power. The results suggest that initiating a democratic transition through NVR is not necessarily beneficial for achieving the first peaceful turnover of power. However, given that a democratic regime achieved a successful first turnover of power, NVR substantially increases the probability of completing democratic consolidation through a second peaceful turnover of power.

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Keywords: democratization; nonviolent resistance; social movements


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Published Online: 2017-08-01

Citation Information: Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, Volume 23, Issue 4, 20170022, ISSN (Online) 1554-8597, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/peps-2017-0022.

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