POL 2104 C - Intro to Comparative Politics - Emily Regan Wills - 22 Mar. 19
What is Contestation?
• Notify me, by email, by next Wed. that you will be revising a paper. You do not need to tell me
• Think carefully about which one to revise: it does not need to be the one you did worse on
• Revisions should be carefully checked for spelling & grammatical errors (problems in this area
should be graded more harshly than in original papers). Make use of the Writing Centre.
• Papers should also aim to improve in all areas: a more precise, specific & brief summary (~0.5
page); using class texts (particularly those from the same session as the case study) to make
specific points about the reading; clearly laying out why the argument does or does not work
(agree or disagree); and having specific implications that go beyond what is written in the paper
- quantitative/qualitative, empirical, data gathering method, etc.
• Actions taken outside of the state to try reach goals; generally done collectively with others
either as a group or in the aggregate.
Ex: protests, petitions, riots
• They can make claims/demands to the state, make demands about the state, or treat the state
as a 3rd party to their claims (which has the potential to be an arbiter).
• Contentious politics correspond in part to the realm Young labeled political civil society, though
they are not always as organized as her framework suggests
• Notably, by definition, voting is obviously not contentious politics. However, one must
remember contentious politics can easily influence voting.
• If activism or any similar activity is supported by the state, these outside of politics activities
are actually thus de-contentionlized, called co-optation
Sidney Tarrow, Power in Movement: Social Movements & Contentious Politics
• Examines how social movements (groups of people