Tactical Innovation and the Pace of Insurgency

  title={Tactical Innovation and the Pace of Insurgency},
  author={Doug Mcadam},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  • D. Mcadam
  • Published 1 December 1983
  • Political Science
  • American Sociological Review
The pace of black insurgency between 1955 and 1970 is analyzed as a function of an ongoing process of tactical interaction between movement forces and southern segregationists. Given a political system vulnerable to challenge and strong internal organization the main challenge confronting insurgents is a preeminently tactical one. Lacking institutionalized power, challengers must devise protest techniques that offset their powerlessness. This is referred to as a process of tactical innovation… 

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