Diffusion dynamics in the case of anti-TTIP protest in Germany

The year 2015 saw mass protests across Germany. From Kiel to Konstanz people took to the streets to voice their discontent. In trying to explain why and when protests occur, researchers often look at the attributes of the political unit under observation. In today's interdependent world, however, political incidents in other places have to be taken into account. Rallies in nearby or highly visible locations could play an important catalyzing role for explaining the onset of other peaceful protest activities. This research asks to what extent the occurrence of protest events is influenced by protests in other administrative units in general and intends to identify which of these units matter the most. In cases where protests spread from one place to another, do they diffuse from neighbor to neighbor or from more central units to the periphery? To answer these questions Claudia Härterich uses a spatio-econometric approach and looks at German district level data. Please contact Claudia Härterich for further information.