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Do Protests Matter? Evidence from the 1960s Black Insurgency

@inproceedings{Wasow2017DoPM,
  title={Do Protests Matter? Evidence from the 1960s Black Insurgency},
  author={Omar Wasow},
  year={2017}
}
How do the subordinate few persuade the dominant many? Elite theories of political influence posit marginal groups exert little power. Pluralistic accounts suggest non-elites can set agendas, sway public opinion and shape policy. This article evaluates both theories in the context of blackled protests in the 1960s. Contrary to the elite model, I find evidence of a punctuated pluralism in which subordinate groups, though protests, can temporarily break elite dominance of political communication… 

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