When Do Movements Matter? The Politics of Contingency and the Equal Rights Amendment

  title={When Do Movements Matter? The Politics of Contingency and the Equal Rights Amendment},
  author={S. Soule and Susan Olzak},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={473 - 497}
  • S. Soule, Susan Olzak
  • Published 2004
  • Political Science
  • American Sociological Review
  • Data on the state-level ERA ratification process are used here to address leading theoretical debates about the role of social movements, public opinion, and political climate on policy outcomes, the goal being to test the claim that these factors depend on each other. Social movement organizations, public opinion, and political party support all influenced the ratification process. But the effects are modified when the interactive nature of public opinion and electoral competition, and… CONTINUE READING
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