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Lecture 16

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Department
Political Science
Course Code
POLS 2110
Professor
Cheryl Collier
Lecture
16

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November 24, 2015
Stalled Success
Outline
Activism
oMeasuring impact on/in government
Movement Agendas
Colliers Success Measurements
Stalled Introduction
oKey ideas
oExpanding some of the literature
Querying Social Movement ‘Success’
Difficult for researchers to measure
Disagreement/variety on what ‘success’ can mean
oCould include:
Policy gains
Recognition by the state/society – particularly vis-à-vis identity
Expansion of membership
Increased public legitimacy
Media adoption of movement language/norms
How can we measure success?
No casual link between movement lobbying/advocacy and concrete action
But without movement activism, state action is less likely = some level of causal
relationship
Have put gender issues onto state policy agendas where they were absent in the
past
Other factors
My study (Collier 2005) argues that women’s movement success (measured as
policy responses) is more likely if:
o1. Movements are strong, and
o2. Governments are open to movement lobbying
Movement Strength
Movement strength is present is groups are:
oUnited,
oLarge,
oWell-funded,
oHave issue legitimacy,
oAre seen to be representative of their constituent members
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