Brief: World Protests 2021-2022

Around the world, people have become increasingly angry at the failures of their governments - democratically elected or not - to address their needs.

Authors: Isabel Ortiz, Sara Burke, Mohamed Berrada and Hernán Saenz Cortés

More than any other issue in 2021-2022, the rising cost of living, paired with the inability of governments to address this crisis, has driven people around the world to the streets in protest.

As a continuation of our years-long, in-depth research into World Protests, this new brief by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in New York, in cooperation with the Global Social Program/Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University, puts a spotlight on 1056 new protests worldwide in 2021 and 2022.

This brief provides an update to the previously published World Protest study (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022), which examined thousands of protest from January 2006 until December 2020 in 100 countries representing more than 93 percent of the world population. The companion website to the research project is:


Brief: World protests 2021-2022

Brief: World protests 2021-2022

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