Elections and social movements

  • MICHEL T. HEANEY
  • Published 2013

Abstract

Socialmovements are organized efforts to bring about change in public policies and/or society. Elections are a mechanism whereby citizens decide collectively who occupies positions of responsibility in government. These two phenomena are reciprocally interrelated with one another (McAdam & Tarrow 2010). By affecting who wins elections, social movements may be able to influence changes in public policies and/or society. The outcomes of elections may affect the motivations of individuals to devote their time and energy to social movements. The interactions between electoral actors and movement activists are sometimes cooperative, andat other times conflictual, dependingon the strategies employed by these actors (Schwartz 2010).

Cite this paper

@inproceedings{HEANEY2013ElectionsAS, title={Elections and social movements}, author={MICHEL T. HEANEY}, year={2013} }