World Protests 2006-2013

Initiative for Policy Dialogue and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Working Paper No. 2013

91 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2014 Last revised: 16 May 2015

Isabel Ortiz

United Nations - International Labour Organization (ILO); Initiative for Policy Dialogue

Sara L. Burke

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Mohamed Berrada

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung; The New School for Social Research

Hernan Cortes

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Date Written: September 27, 2013

Abstract

This study analyzes 843 protests occurring between January 2006 and July 2013 in 87 countries covering over 90% of world population. The paper focuses on: (i) major grievances driving world protests (ii) who is demonstrating, what protest methods they use, and who are they opposed to (iii) achievements and repression of social movements in the short term, and (iv) the main policy demands of world demonstrators. The paper calls for policy-makers to listen, whether messages are articulate or communicate only through frustration and violence.

Keywords: protests, riots, social movements, campaigns, demonstrations, austerity, crisis, democracy, inequality, social justice

JEL Classification: D74, I3, J5, J83, P16, F6

Suggested Citation

Ortiz, Isabel and Burke, Sara L. and Berrada, Mohamed and Cortes, Hernan, World Protests 2006-2013 (September 27, 2013). Initiative for Policy Dialogue and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Working Paper No. 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2374098 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2374098

Isabel Ortiz (Contact Author)

United Nations - International Labour Organization (ILO) ( email )

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Initiative for Policy Dialogue ( email )

Columbia University
New York, NY
United States

HOME PAGE: http://policydialogue.org/programs/taskforces/global_social_justice/

Sara L. Burke

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung ( email )

747 Third Avenue, Suite 22B
New York, NY 10017
United States

Mohamed Berrada

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung ( email )

747 Third Avenue, Suite 22B
New York, NY 10017
United States

The New School for Social Research ( email )

Room 1116
6 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
United States

Hernan Cortes

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung ( email )

747 Third Avenue, Suite 22B
New York, NY 10017
United States

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