Publication: World Protests 2006-2013

Isabel Ortiz, Sara Burke, Mohamed Berrada and Hernán Cortés
IPD/FES Working Paper, September 2013

This joint effort of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York office and Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University, analyzes 843 protests between January 2006 and July 2013, in 87 countries covering over 90% of world population. The paper focuses on: (i) major grievances driving world protests (ii) who is demonstrating, what protest methods they use, and who are they opposed to (iii) achievements and repression of social movements in the short term, and (iv) the main policy demands of world demonstrators. The paper finds that 1) numbers of protests are rising worldwide and 2) protests demanding “real democracy” and economic justice are coming from every kind of political system.  Authors call on policy-makers to listen, whether messages are articulate or communicate only through frustration and violence.

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