- The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) recognition that popular discontent derailed Greek austerity;
- The mishandling of protests in Turkey;
- The shaming of Rousseff in Brazil; and
- The ouster of Morsi in Egypt.
These events are dense with meaning and hard to read (see Mariz Tadros on Egypt). How are they read? And whose readings count? A group of us have been thinking about this as we get into fieldwork for the DFID-ESRC Food Riots and Food Rights project. Some stylized reflections:
- Clever politicians read riots closely
A politician worth her salt has an ear to the ground and an eye on the limits to popular tolerance. Governments know that energy subsidy cuts can provoke riots, and that food price spikes mean disaffected slum-dwellers or farmers. States…
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