The Social Dynamics of Collective Action: Evidence from the Diffusion of the Swing Riots, 1830–1831

  title={The Social Dynamics of Collective Action: Evidence from the Diffusion of the Swing Riots, 1830–1831},
  author={Toke S. Aidt and Gabriel Leon-Ablan and Max Satchell},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={209 - 225}
Social unrest often begins suddenly and spreads quickly. What is the information that drives its diffusion? How is this information transmitted? And who responds to this information? We present a general framework that emphasizes three aspects of the diffusion process: the networks through which information travels, whether information about repression affects participation, and the role of organizers. We use this framework to derive empirical hypotheses that we test in the context of the… 
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