Accommodation — CANVAS

Accommodation

Accommodation

“A Mechanisms of Change in nonviolent action in which an opponent chooses to compromise and grant certain demands of the nonviolent resisters. Accommodation occurs when an opponent has neither changed its views nor been nonviolently coerced, but has concluded that a compromise settlement is desirable.”

CANVAS Core Curriculum (2007: 59 & 272), adapted from Gene Sharp, Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential, (Boston, MA: Porter Sargent Publishers), 2005, pp. 543- 552

Accommodation comes from a clear cost-benefit analysis by the opponent, where the costs have been heavily raised by the nonviolent campaign. It may result from influences that, if continued, might lead to the conversion, nonviolent coercion, or disintegration of the opponents’ system or regime. But beware! The opponent has neither changed its views nor been nonviolently coerced, but instead has chosen accommodation only because it is feeling pressure from the nonviolent movement.