Social Movements and American Political Institutions

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-04-23
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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Social movements in the United States are important political actors because of their scale and duration, their generation of new ideas and understandings of existing problems, their ability to mobilize those who were previously passive citizens, and the impetus they provide for restructuring and broadening the agenda of American politics. This volume combines chapters by a distinguished group of social movement scholars, from both sociology and political science, who use perspectives ranging from political process theory to rational choice and collective action approaches to evaluate the functioning of institutions of American government and the public policies that they produce. A diverse group of movements and interests are featured: women, public interest, native America, the environment, the Christian Right, abortion, gay rights, and homelessness among them.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Theories of American Politics and Social Movements
Social Movements and Theories of American Politicsp. 7
"The Very Excess of Democracy": State Building and Contentious Politics in Americap. 20
Interest Organizations, Political Parties, and the Study of Democratic Politicsp. 39
Mobilizing Gay Activistsp. 59
Mobilization at the Margins: Organizing by the Homelessp. 73
Use of the Initiative Process by Woman Suffrage Movementsp. 99
Parties and Elections
Less than Conquerors: The Christian Right in State Republican Partiesp. 117
Citizen Groups, Political Parties, and Electoral Coalitionsp. 136
The Presidency and Congress
American Social Movements and Presidential Administrationsp. 159
Women Lobby Congressp. 171
The Environmental Movement and Congressp. 185
Social Movements in Court
Social Movements and the Mobilization of Lawp. 201
Litigation as Rebellionp. 216
Social Movements and Abortion Lawp. 233
On the International Origins of Domestic Political Opportunitiesp. 251
Where Have All the Foils Gone? Competing Theories of Contentious Politics and the Civil Rights Movementp. 268
Conclusionp. 285
Referencesp. 291
Indexp. 320
About the Editorsp. 332
About the Contributorsp. 333
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