Political protest 2.0: Social media and the 2012 student strike in the province of Quebec, Canada

@article{Raynauld2016PoliticalP2,
  title={Political protest 2.0: Social media and the 2012 student strike in the province of Quebec, Canada},
  author={Vincent Raynauld and Mireille Lalancette and Sofia Tourigny-Kon{\'e}},
  journal={French Politics},
  year={2016},
  volume={14},
  pages={1-29}
}
Recent years have been marked by the emergence of a new breed of grassroots-intensive protest phenomena that have challenged the dominance of political elites in several advanced liberal democracies. Whether it is the transnational Occupy movement, the Idle No More movement in Canada or the student-led demonstrations in Chile, these social-media-fuelled mobilization initiatives have quickly mobilized narrow segments of the public and have succeeded in forcing formal political actors to… 

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