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The globalization of mass media and civil society is creating new resources for political contention. Drawing on a theory of the role of third parties in different forms of contentious politics, the authors argue that the effects of these new resources should be greatest for protest and terrorist attacks, somewhat lessened for guerrilla warfare, and minimal for full-scale civil war. Using pooled cross-sectional time-series analyses with data from roughly 140 countries (1984-2001), they examine the effects of global media and "Global civil society" on four major forms of political contention: anti-government protest; terrorist attacks on civilians; guerrilla attacks; and full-scale civil war.
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