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Contention, collective action and change : protest outcomes in 21st century Argentina and Chile Aguirre-Mercado, Valeria


This research investigates why high levels of discontent—particularly that stemming from socioeconomic inequality and malaise—have generated different responses and collective demands from a discontented citizenry in the Chile and Argentina. It will ask the following question: during times of socioeconomic crisis, what promotes radical demands for change within a country? The two case studies will be used to compare how organized mobilization in Chile eventually escalated to calls for constitutional change; whereas in Argentina, the discontent, strategies, and demands shared during one period of protest remained virtually the same three years later. The study will examine two years (2016, 2019) of significant protest instances for each of the countries under examination using a most similar systems research design.

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