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Contentious Episodes in the Age of Austerity
Studying the Dynamics of Government–Challenger Interactions


Part of Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics

Hanspeter Kriesi, Swen Hutter, Abel Bojar, Argyrios Altiparmakis, Theresa Gessler, Sophia Hunger, Katia Pilati, Julia Schulte-Cloos, Theresa Gessler
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  • Date Published: May 2023
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781009002011

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  • Based on extensive data and analysis of sixty contentious episodes in twelve European countries, this book proposes a novel approach that takes a middle ground between narrative approaches and conventional protest event analysis. Looking particularly at responses to austerity policies in the aftermath of the Great Recession (2008–2015), the authors develop a rigorous conceptual framework that focuses on the interactions between three types of participants in contentious politics: governments, challengers, and third parties. This approach allows political scientists to map not only the variety of actors and actor coalitions that drove the interactions in the different episodes, but also the interplay of repression/concessions/support and of mobilization/cooperation/mediation on the part of the actors involved in the contention. The methodology used will enable researchers to answer old (and new) research questions related to political conflict in a way that is simultaneously attentive to conceptual depth and statistical rigor.

    • Detailed account of key austerity episodes and institutional reforms in the aftermath of the Great Recession in Europe (2008–2015)
    • A systematic framework to research and analyze contentious politics
    • Provides researchers with a novel methodological tool to study interactions between governments, challengers, and third-party actors
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    • Date Published: May 2023
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781009002011
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.518kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. A New Approach for the Analysis of Contentious Episodes:
    1. Introduction: A new approach for studying political contention – contentious episode analysis Hanspeter Kriesi, Swen Hutter, Abel Bojar, Argyrios Altiparmakis, Theresa Gessler, Sophia Hunger, Katia Pilati and Julia Schulte-Cloos
    2. Selecting and coding contentious episodes Hanspeter Kriesi, Swen Hutter, Abel Bojar, Argyrios Altiparmakis, Theresa Gessler, Sophia Hunger, Katia Pilati and Julia Schulte-Cloos
    3. The economic and political context of the episodes Hanspeter Kriesi and Sophia Hunger
    Part II. Varieties of Contention:
    4. Conceptualizing, measuring and mapping contentiousness Swen Hutter and Theresa Gessler
    5. Actors configurations and coalitions in contentious episodes Swen Hutter and Theresa Gessler
    6. Action sequences and their dynamic indicators of contention Abel Bojar and Argyrios Altiparmakis
    7. Outcomes – government responsiveness Julia Schulte-Cloos and Sophia Hunger
    Part III. Dynamics of Interaction:
    8. Interaction dynamics in contentious episodes: path-dependence, tit-for tat and constructive mediation Abel Bojar and Hanspeter Kriesi
    9. The governments' reactions to challengers and third-parties Hanspeter Kriesi
    10. The effect of repression on protest Katia Pilati
    11. Turning points Abel Bojar
    12. The Greek case Argyrios Altiparmakis
    13. Conclusion Abel Bojar, Hanspeter Kriesi and Swen Hutter.

  • Editors

    Abel Bojar, European University Institute, Florence
    Abel Bojar is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the European University Institute.

    Theresa Gessler, University of Zurich
    Theresa Gessler is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Political Science and the Digital Democracy Lab of the University of Zurich.

    Swen Hutter, Freie Universität Berlin
    Swen Hutter is Lichtenberg Professor in Political Sociology at Free University of Berlin and Vice Director of the Center for Civil Society Research.

    Hanspeter Kriesi, European University Institute, Florence
    Hanspeter Kriesi is a Professor at the European University Institute in Florence.


    Hanspeter Kriesi, Swen Hutter, Abel Bojar, Argyrios Altiparmakis, Theresa Gessler, Sophia Hunger, Katia Pilati, Julia Schulte-Cloos, Theresa Gessler

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