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ERIC Number: EJ900937
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 100
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7732
Movement Organizations, Synergistic Tactics and Environmental Public Policy
Johnson, Erik W.; Agnone, Jon; McCarthy, John D.
Social Forces, v88 n5 p2267-2292 Jul 2010
This study builds on political mediation and movement infrastructure models to highlight contingent and synergistic ways in which social movements may impinge upon the U.S. national policy-making process. Analyses employ a variety of datasets to examine the role of environmental movement organizational capacity, protest and institutional activity in garnering Congressional attention to, and action on, salient issues from 1961 through 1990. We find all types of movement activity, but especially the development of national organizational infrastructures, to be positively associated with the convening of Congressional hearings on the environment. Only when there are high levels of "both" protest and institutional activity is there any evidence that the environmental movement directly influences the passage of environmental laws. (Contains 3 tables and 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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