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V-Dem Seminar with Sirianne Dahlum

Research profile seminar

Sirianne Dahlum will present the paper "Chaos on Campus: Universities and Mass Uprisings".

Abstract: Numerous historical examples from both rich and poor countries suggest that universities are hotbeds of political protest. However, the generality, importance, scope and causal nature of this relationship has never been properly quantified. This paper investigates whether universities cause protest, drawing on global geocoded information on the location and characteristics of roughly 12000 universities across the globe, combined with geocoded data on political protest events in Africa and Central America in the 1991-2015 period. These data comprise information on factors such as whether universities are public or privately owned and date of founding. Our analysis supports the proposition that locations with more universities are more likely to experience mass protest. Furthermore, this effect is particularly pronounced for universities not owned by the government in dictatorships. Using pre-1900 universities as an instrument for present-day universities, we argue for a causal interpretation of the universities-protest relationship.

Bio: Sirianne Dahlum is a postdoctoral fellow at the Varieties of Democracy institute. She obtained her PhD from the University of Oslo in 2017, studying the relationship between education, mass mobilization and political instability. Her current work focuses on mass protest, authoritarian regimes, political violence and female empowerment.

Date: 5/22/2018

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Categories: Social Sciences

Organizer: Department of Political Science/V-Dem

Location: B336, Stora Skansen

Contact person: Natalia Stepanova

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