Book Talk — The Advantage of Disadvantage: Costly Protest and Political Representation for Marginalized Groups


Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Virtual event, registration required

You are invited to a virtual book talk featuring former Ash Center Postdoctoral Democracy Fellow LaGina Gause, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. Gause, author of newly released “The Advantage of Disadvantage: Costly Protest and Political Representation for Marginalized Groups,” will be joined by respondent Hahrie Han, Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. Archon Fung, Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government at Harvard Kennedy School, Director of the Ash Center's Democratic Governance Programs, will moderate. 


This event is co-sponsored by the Center for American Political Studies (CAPS). 


About the Book   

Does protest influence political representation? If so, which groups are most likely to benefit from collective action? The Advantage of Disadvantage makes a provocative claim: protests are most effective for disadvantaged groups. According to author LaGina Gause, legislators are more responsive to protesters than non-protesters, and after protesting, racial and ethnic minorities, people with low incomes, and other low-resource groups are more likely than white and affluent protesters to gain representation. Gause also demonstrates that online protests are less effective than in-person protests. Drawing on literature from across the social sciences as well as formal theory, a survey of policymakers, quantitative data, and vivid examples of protests throughout U.S. history, The Advantage of Disadvantage provides invaluable insights for scholars and activists seeking to understand how groups gain representation through protesting.


Virtual Event Recording