March, 2020

Nonviolent Action

  • Christopher Coyne

    Associate Director, F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
  • Joshua Ammons

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Nonviolent action involves private parties coming together to resist undesired actions from other groups both within or outside of society. Nonviolent action is decentralized and emergent in nature, and has played a role as a type of bottom-up response to crises. However, this form of action has largely been neglected as a potential solution to crisis in the literature. To address this gap, this chapter reviews the relevant literature on nonviolent action from the eighteenth century to contemporary scholarship and discusses open areas for future research.