Dr Sarah Cameron talks at the University of Sydney's Department of Government and International Relations Colloquium on Citizens and the Crash: Political Protest and the Global Financial Crisis in Cross-National Comparison.
How did the global financial crisis—the greatest economic crisis since the depression of the 1930s—affect trends in political protest? Although the world saw several large mobilizations in response to the crisis, including Occupy Wall Street and the Indignados movement in Spain, we know little about how economic shocks affect protest participation trends more broadly. This paper presentation examines the impact of the crisis on protest participation, with data from the World Values Survey in 18 countries, alongside protest event data from the Integrated Crisis Early Warning System (ICEWS). The paper finds that although the crisis led to specific protest mobilizations, it depressed protest participation more generally in societies affected to a greater extent by the crisis.