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The Paradox of Confrontation: Experimental Evidence on the Audience Effects of Protest

Schwartz, C; (2016) The Paradox of Confrontation: Experimental Evidence on the Audience Effects of Protest. In: Proceedings of the 6th Annual General Conference of the European Political Science Association. European Political Science Association: Brussels, Belgium. Green open access

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Abstract

Do protests increase political engagement among the general public? It is often necessary for social movements to induce widespread political engagement in order to gain leverage over elected officials, but this consequence of protest activity has never been tested or verified. Indeed, empirical research on the public effects of protests has largely been handicapped by methodological limitations. I designed a two-pronged experimental design that causally identifies the effects of protest exposure. The first stage uses a vignette experiment in Mexico to capture indirect exposure, and the second stage uses a field experiment to directly expose the same respondents to real street protests. All of the treatments for the vignette and field experiments piggyback off of the 2014-2015 protests against organized crime in Mexico. Through this two-pronged experiment, I find that the form of exposure is critical in identifying the engaging effects of protests. While the general public might become enthusiastic and engaged upon hearing news of mass mobilization, the same people tend to disengage when faced with an actual protest.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: The Paradox of Confrontation: Experimental Evidence on the Audience Effects of Protest
Event: 6th Annual General Conference of the European Political Science Association
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.epsanet.org/conference-2016/
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 - European Political Science Association
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1530923
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