Inching Towards Theory

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


This chapter connects and compares our results from previous chapters with recent research in comparative politics and transition research, social movement and contentious politics research, and resistance studies. It also discusses limitations and possible extensions of our research design. We call for further cross-pollination with related fields to advance our understanding of the path dependencies engendered by modes of transition. This entails distinguishing between the driver and the process of transition. To safeguard democratic gains, resistance movements should not content themselves with merely being the cause of transition. Instead, they should try to stay mobilized and exert influence on the transition process so as not to leave the design of democracy to elites.


Theory-building Contentious politics Resistance studies Democratic transition Comparative politics Social movements 


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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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