Workshop on "Actors, Strategies and Tactics in Contentious Direct Action"

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Time: 08 May 2014 - 09 May 2014
Place: PRIO, Hausmanns gate 7, Oslo

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This workshop is financed with support from COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) action ISCH IS1107 “European Network for Conflict Research (ENCoRe)”, the Research Council of Norway, and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).​

​NB. This event is by invitation only.

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Thursday 8 May 2014

9.30 Coffee and welcome
10.00 Session I

Chair: Kristian Skrede Gleditsch​

Kathleen Cunningham* (Maryland) and Marianne Dahl* (PRIO & NTNU) 
Strategies of Dissent,

Lee Seymour (Amsterdam)
Acting Without Choosing: Strategic Choice and Non-Violent Resistance


12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-14.30 Session II

Chair: Scott Gates

David Cunningham (Maryland), Belén González (Essex)*, Kristian Skrede Gleditsch* (Essex), Dragana Vidovic* (Essex), and Peter White* (Maryland)
One way or another: Regime claims and the mode of direct collective action,,,,

Julia Semmelbeck and Anna-Lena Hönig (Mannheim)
The Cooperation Effect: Understanding Resources in Conflict and Protest Groups,


14.30-15.00 Coffee break
15.00-18.00 Session III

Chair: Erica Chenoweth

Charles Butcher* (Otago), Elvira Bobekova, John Gray, and Liesel Mitchell
Group Participation in Violent and Nonviolent Conflict: Social Networks and Contentious Direct Action

Sara Polo (Essex)
How Terrorism Spreads: Information, Emulation, and the Diffusion of Terrorism

Nikolay Marinov* (Mannheim) and Frank Schimmelfennig (ETH Zurich)
Does Social Media Promote Civic Activism?

Friday 9 May 2014

9.00-11 Session IV

Chair: David Cunningham

Marianne Dahl (PRIO & NTNU)
Military defection during non-violent and violent campaigns

Espen Geelmuyden Rød (Konstanz)
Mode of Goods Provision, Targeted Repression, and Collective Action in Autocracies


11-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-12.30  Session V

Erica Chenoweth (Denver)
Nonviolent Action and Civil War Termination


12.30-13.30  Lunch​
13.30-16.30 Session VI

Scott Gates, Ragnhild Nordås (PRIO)
Recruitment, Retention, and Religion in Rebel Groups,

Andrea Ruggeri (Amsterdam) & Stefano Costalli* (Catholic University of Milan)
Tactics in the Italian Resistance

Håvard Strand* (University of Oslo) and Kristian Skrede Gleditsch* (University of Essex & PRIO)
Elections and Non-violent Direct Action,