Strategic Nonviolent Power proposes that the route to what Gandhi described as the "undreamt of and seemingly impossible discoveries" of nonviolent resistance is the application of rigorous science. Although not a simple science, Mattaini's application of ecological science grounded in the science of behavior brings exceptional power to the struggle for justice and liberation. At a time when civil resistance is actively reshaping global political realities, the science of nonviolent struggle deserves the attention of the scientific, activist, strategic, military, spiritual, and diplomatic communities, as well as the informed public.
Mark A. Mattaini is associate professor at the JaneAddams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago.Editor of the scientific journal Behavior and Social Issues,he is the author or editor of ten books, including PEACE POWER forAdolescents: Strategies for a Culture of Nonviolence (NASW Press)and Finding Solutions to Social Problems: Behavioral Strategies forChange (American Psychological Association). Mattaini is theprincipal developer of the behavior analytic PEACE POWER strategy,which has been presented and implemented in at least twelve Americanstates, as well as two Canadian provinces, and was recently introducedin a UNESCO-funded project in Brazil.
"Strategic Nonviolent Power is a unique and important contribution to a field that is flourishing in the current global milieu. Mattaini demonstrates a sweeping knowledge of the field of resistance studies as well as systems theory. I don't know of another study that does what this one does-apply a new theoretical framework to nonviolent resistance, synthesize existing material, and provide numerous illuminating examples from history-in a single book."
-Erica Chenoweth, author of Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict