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Don't rock the boat? Fears of conflict and support for protest in Iraq and beyond


  • Daniel Silverman
  • Karl Kaltenthaler
  • Mujtaba Ali Isani


Why do people support—or refrain from supporting—nonviolent protests for political change? The literature offers different answers to this question, but one variable that has received little attention is fears of protest unleashing violent conflict. This is surprising given that protest movements often emerge in insecure societies—from Iraq to Pakistan and Algeria to Myanmar—that have experienced or are at risk of experiencing large-scale civil strife.

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  • Daniel Silverman & Karl Kaltenthaler & Mujtaba Ali Isani, 2022. "Don't rock the boat? Fears of conflict and support for protest in Iraq and beyond," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2022-168, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  • Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:wp-2022-168

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    protest; Nonviolene; Conflict; Fear; Iraq; Violence;
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