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The World Says No to WarDemonstrations against the War on Iraq$
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Stefaan Walgrave and Dieter Rucht

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816650958

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816650958.001.0001

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Peace Demonstrations or Antigovernment Marches? The Political Attitudes of the Protesters

Peace Demonstrations or Antigovernment Marches? The Political Attitudes of the Protesters

Chapter:
(p.98) 6 Peace Demonstrations or Antigovernment Marches? The Political Attitudes of the Protesters
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The World Says No to War
Author(s):

Bert Klandermans

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816650958.003.0006

Social movement scholars, including Bert Klandermans, distinguishes between the demand side of protest participation, which refers to the potential for protest in a society, and the supply side of participation, which refers to the opportunities offered by the protest organizers. This chapter focuses on the demand side of the protest against the war in Iraq. Studies revealed that the more opposed demonstrators were to the war, the more dissatisfied they were with their government’s policy. On the one hand, for many people, the demonstration was a way of expressing their opposition to neoliberal globalization. On the other hand, the demonstration signaled more general opposition to national governments expressed by citizens opposed to the powers in office.

Keywords:   social movement scholars, Bert Klandermans, demand side, supply side, dissatisfaction, neoliberal globalization

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