• Daniel LambachEmail author
  • Markus Bayer
  • Felix S. Bethke
  • Matteo Dressler
  • Véronique Dudouet


What are the long-term effects of nonviolent resistance? Previous research has demonstrated the efficacy of civil resistance movements in achieving their short-term goals but less is known about the long-term effect of resistance campaigns. In this book, we analyse the effect of nonviolent resistance during transition on the stability and consolidation of the resulting democracy. This is an especially pressing question in a time of authoritarian backlash against democracy and our findings provide hope for activists, scholars, and policymakers that popular mobilization can make a difference. This introduction summarizes current thinking about nonviolent resistance and presents the multi-method research design used in the project.


Nonviolent resistance Civil resistance Democratic consolidation Nonviolence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Lambach
    • 1
    Email author
  • Markus Bayer
    • 2
  • Felix S. Bethke
    • 3
  • Matteo Dressler
    • 4
  • Véronique Dudouet
    • 5
  1. 1.Goethe University FrankfurtFrankfurtGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Political ScienceUniversity of Duisburg-EssenDuisburgGermany
  3. 3.Peace Research Institute FrankfurtFrankfurtGermany
  4. 4.Flemish Peace InstituteBrusselsBelgium
  5. 5.Conflict Transformation ResearchBerghof Foundation BerlinBerlinGermany

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