Challenging the Political Order

Challenging the Political Order : New Social and Political Movements in Western Democracies

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In recent years Western democracies have witnessed a development of social movements concerned with environmentalism, women's rights, peace, consumerism and other issues. To their supporters these movements are the vanguard of a new society; to their critics they represent a fundamental threat to social and political order. Assembling an international group of social scientists involved in research in this area, this book evaluates competing theories of the origins of social movements, how they function within existing structures of interest intermediation and how they deal with other groups and representatives of the state. Also discussed are the differing claims regarding the partisan impact of these movements as a force for realignment or dealignment.
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  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 6 figures, 32 tables
  • 0745607497
  • 9780745607498

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Part 1 Introduction: the challenge of new movements, Russel Dalton et al. Part 2 The origins of new movements: cyclical aspects of new social movements, Karl-Werner Brand; cultural change and new movements, Ronald Inglehart; neo-corporatism and the rise of new social movements, Frank Wilson; social movements and political innovation, Max Kaase. Part 3 Networks of action: the West European peace movement and the theory of new social movements, Thomas Rochon; linking the "Old" and "New" movement networks in the Netherlands, P.Bert; feminism and political action, Joyce Gelb; the strategies and action repertoires of new movements, Dieter Rucht. Part 4 New movements and political parties: new social movements and the decline of party organizations, Herbert Kitscheld; new political movements and new politics parties in Western Europe, Ferdinand Muller-Rommel; reflections on the institutional self-transformation of movement politics, Claus Offe; the phantom at the opera, Sidney Tarrow. Part 5 New social movements in perspective: new social movements and the political order, Manfred Kuechler.
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