For a long time, political scientists and sociologist have grappled with the question whether protests have any meaningful political outcomes. This question is of critical importance, given citizens’ decreasing participation in electoral politics while they continue to turn to the streets to voice their demands and participate in the democratic process. In this seminar, we will explore the existing research on the various outcomes protests can have, ranging from policies and electoral outcomes to polarisation. Moreover, the seminar will discuss the methodological challenges researchers face when studying the outcomes of protests. The seminar will be taught in English.

Semester: SoSe 2024