Karl-Dieter Opp

University of Leipzig

Karl-Dieter Opp, professor of sociology at the University of Leipzig, drafted several chapters of a book that he is writing with Steven Finkel of the University of Virginia in which they will set forth a dynamic theory of collective political action--the conditions under which protest behavior either escalates or diminishes. They will test their propositions using two sets of data, a study of collective political action in West Germany and surveys taken of citizens of Leipzig, the city where protests against the East German communist regime began.

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