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Boon or burden? Anti-war protest and political parties

Rudig, Wolfgang (2010) Boon or burden? Anti-war protest and political parties. In: The World Says No To War. Social Movements, Protest, and Contention Series (33). University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, pp. 141-168. ISBN 9780816650965

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Abstract

Examining the 2003 global protest against the war on Iraq On February 15, 2003, the largest one-day protest in human history took place as millions of people in hundreds of cities marched in the streets, rallying against the imminent invasion of Iraq. This was activism on an unprecedented scale. The World Says No to War strives to understand who spoke out, why they did, and how so many people were mobilized for a global demonstration. Using surveys collected by researchers from eight countries-Belgium, Britain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States-The World Says No to War analyzes how the new tools of the Internet were combined with more conventional means of mobilization to rally millions, many with little experience in activism, around common goals and against common targets.