When citizens disobey: New study suggests people use ‘constructive noncompliance’ to enact change

18 mayo 2015

When citizens stop complying with laws, the legitimacy of government comes into question, especially in nondemocratic states — or so goes a prominent strand of political thinking. But what if citizens are doing something subtler, such as disobeying in order to enact smaller, more incremental changes? People use ‘constructive noncompliance’ to enact change, a new study concludes.