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Mass Protests Are Driven by Ordinary People Rather Than Activist Leaders

An analysis of Arab Spring uprisings suggests that citizens mobilize in a decentralized manner, looking to each other — not centralized leadership — when deciding what to do.

May 11, 2017
8:00 AM EDT
“For large-scale collective action, leadership is less important than we thought.”