When “Ordinary People” Join In: Understanding Moments of Mass Mobilization in Argentina, Egypt, and Ukraine
by Olga Onuch, University of Oxford
This presentation examines the differences between moments of mass-mobilization and the long term process of activist mobilization that precedes them. Ukraine in 2004, Egypt in 2011, and Argentina in 2001 represent cases where a history of activist coordination was the basis for, and key instrument in, the mobilization of “ordinary” people. The presenter will argue against the predominant focus on exogenous and economic factors and instead emphasize local actors and political variables in explaining the presence or absence of mass-mobilization.
Olga Onuch received her DPhil in Comparative Politics from the University of Oxford in 2011. She is currently the Newton Prize Fellow in Comparative Politics (awarded by the Royal Society & British Academy) at the School of Interdisciplinary and Area Studies and is a Non-Stipendiary Fellow at Nuffield College, both at the University of Oxford. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Revolutionary Moments and Movements: Understanding Mass-mobilization in Ukraine (2004) and Argentina (2001), which is anticipated to be published in 2014.
When: Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: Voesar Conference Room, 1957 E Street NW, Suite 412
George Washington University
Washington, DC 20052
Please RSVP at http://go.gwu.edu/Onuch