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What matters take people to the streets nowadays and how likely are they to accomplish effective change? A comparative study of the developed and developing world

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Marietta Marouda

London School of Economics and Political Science, GR
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While development studies the process of ameliorating people’s living standards, protests and demonstrations are the way with which citizens reveal their requests and strive to obtain them. Srdja Popovic, a Serbian Political activist, leader of the movement Otpor! which effectively managed to overthrow a Serbian president in 2000, provided a list of guidelines on launching successful civil demonstrations: defining an exact objective, detecting and expanding your spectrum of allies etc. This paper initially examines factors such as social media, the level of democratization and ethic or cultural dynamics to discover whether there exist differences civil society organizations between Less Economically Developed Countries (LEDCs) and Most Economically Developed Countries (MEDCs) that render the former unable to follow the aforementioned guidelines, hence unable to launch a successful demonstration. This examination hints that LEDCs have specific attributes, which hamper success in civil demonstrations. However, examining trends in the global arena, we observe that the objectives and trajectory of protests in both worlds begin to diverge.  Studying a review of the more recent protests around the world, this paper identifies that, nowadays, some demands of citizens in both MEDCs and LEDCs prove to be notably similar.

How to Cite: Marouda, M., 2021. What matters take people to the streets nowadays and how likely are they to accomplish effective change? A comparative study of the developed and developing world. LSE International Development Review, 1(2).
Published on 29 Apr 2021.
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