Informational Cascades

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Can the ideas of "informational cascades" and "preference falsification" help shed light on episodes of regime change (or failed regime change)?

Instructions

  1. Summarize the arguments of Kuran, Karklins and Peterson, or Lohman or others about "informational cascades", "preference falsification" or "mobilization cascades" - you may need to note differences among these arguments. Consider (but do not necessarily summarize) how they apply these theories to the mobilizations in the Velvet revolutions in Eastern Europe.
  2. Select one or more cases - like the short-lived coup against Chavez or the fall of Ceausescu - and discuss how informational cascades or mobilization cascades helped to overthrow them (or restore them as well, in the case of Chavez).
  3. Critically examine the theories in light of your case: do they help make sense of them? Is there something they miss? Are there other processes that may help account for the fall (or restoration) of these rulers? What is useful about such theories?

Resources

  1. A good place to start is by looking at the articles tagged cascades in our course bibliography.


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