This course examines contentious politics from a comparative perspective, beginning with the foundational theories of Charles Tilly, Sidney Tarrow, and Doug McAdam. It explores questions such as why people protest, how they organize, and the outcomes of contention. The second half of the course challenges students to examine popular contention across a range of states in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America. It asks students to interrogate the applicability of the dynamics of contention framework to illiberal states in a comparative context.
Area of Focus: Comparative Politics