External resources and the Unemployed Councils of the 1930s: Evaluating six propositions from social movement theory

  title={External resources and the Unemployed Councils of the 1930s: Evaluating six propositions from social movement theory},
  author={Stephen M. Valocchi},
  journal={Sociological Forum},
This article uses six propositions developed from the resource mobilization and political opportunity structure approaches to social movements in order to highlight the importance of external resources and political environment in explaining the emergence, development, and decline of the Unemployed Councils—the major organization of the unemployed workers movement of the 1930s. The analysis emphasizes the dominance of the Communist Party on the inner life of the Councils but notes both the… 

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