Expanding the Empirical Study of Actors and Tactics in Research on Nonviolent Resistance

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This article introduces a special issue of Journal of Global Security Studies on advances in the disaggregated study of actors and tactics in nonviolent civil resistance campaigns. We initially discuss the recent rise of empirical, primarily quantitative research on nonviolence and civil resistance. We then note that the latest innovations in this literature are providing a disaggregated perspective on the actors engaging in nonviolence, as well as the tactics that they employ in doing so. In many respects, this direction parallels that taken in the study of civil wars over the past two decades. At the heart of this evolution in the research agenda on nonviolence is the availability of new, more nuanced data. The five articles in this issue very neatly demonstrate best practices in asking compelling research questions, deriving nontrivial hypotheses, and providing new data on the disaggregated nature of campaigns of nonviolent resistance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-254
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Global Security Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018


  • antigovernment campaigns
  • disaggregation
  • nonviolence
  • resistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Safety Research


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