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Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 12:00pm
I will present an overview of a book project, joint with Rikhil Bhavnani, that examines the promise and limitations of non-violent civil disobedience as a means for peaceful political reform. The project draws upon both crosscountry comparisons of political movements, and a detailed empirical analyses of India's struggle for independence that draws upon hithertoun-tapped secret intelligence reports and archival sources. We lay out both the conditions for success of non-violent movements in general, and also the implications for the subsequent economic and political development of South Asia.
Professor Saumitra Jha is an Associate Professor of Political
Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Saum holds a BA from Williams College, Master’s degrees in economics and mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in economics from Stanford University. Prior to joining the GSB, he was an Academy Scholar at Harvard University. He has been a Fellow of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University and received the Michael Wallerstein Award for best published article in Political Economy from the American Political Science Association in 2014 for his research on ethnic tolerance.