Virtual Harper LEcture: Protests and the Pandemic
Featuring Susan Stokes
When the police use tear gas or rubber bullets to disperse street demonstrators, why do protests sometimes grow? When US states impose strict voter identification laws in an effort to discourage some groups from voting, why do their efforts often fail? What is the role of emotions like anger and fear in encouraging people to participate in politics—in elections or protests—or in keeping them at home? In Why Bother? Rethinking Participation in Elections and Protests (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Susan Stokes and coauthor develop the idea that just as there are costs of participation in politics, there are also costs of abstention—intrinsic and psychological but no less real. That abstention can be psychically costly helps explain real-world patterns that are anomalies for existing theories, such as that sometimes increases in costs of participation are followed by more participation, not less. Join Stokes to discuss these critical ideas in the context of the current global pandemic.
The author would like to notify the audience that Why Bother? will be available in Spanish in 2020 from Siglo XXI Editores.
August 6, 2020
This international event is presented online.
7 p.m. Central Daylight Time
9 p.m. Brasilia Time (UTC-3)
Registration is free but required.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.702.2150.
Zoom Meeting (Link sent with Confirmation)