Trust and Mobilization in Africa’s Third Wave of Protest
By: Jacob S. Lewis
What role does trust play in shaping the outcomes of civil resistance campaigns? Trust has been found to be a critical factor in building political and social capital, encouraging group cohesion, and overcoming collective action problems. Despite this, trust has not been directly addressed by the civil resistance scholarship. This monograph addresses this lacuna by examining how trust shapes – and is shaped by – three levels of mobilization: trust at the individual level, trust within activist groups, and trust across resistance campaigns.
About the Author:
Dr. Jacob S. Lewis is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science at Pennsylvania State University, the Behrend College. His research centers on issues of political corruption, social movements, secession, and social trust in Africa. He is currently writing a book that examines how corruption has shaped diverging calls for political reform and revolution during Africa’s third wave of protest. He has extensive field work experience, having conducted research and implemented post-conflict stabilization programs across Africa. Outside the academy, Jacob is an avid skier and is passionate about promoting environmental sustainability.