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By: Gary Marks & Doug McAdam

In: Governance in the European Union

Chapter 5: Social Movements and the Changing Structure of Political Opportunity in the European Union

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Social Movements and the Changing Structure of Political Opportunity in the European Union
Social movements and the changing structure of political opportunity in the European union
GaryMarks and DougMcAdam

To an observer of the contemporary world it might seem obvious that social movements and revolutions are, first and foremost, political phenomena.99 In light of the momentous changes wrought by the Eastern European revolutions of 1988–9 and the myriad nationalist movements currently operating throughout the former Warsaw Pact countries, it would seem the height of folly to deny political status and significance to social movements and revolutions. And yet, barely twenty-five years ago, the prevailing academic view did just that. Reflecting the conceptual dominance of the collective behaviour perspective, social movements were seen as, at best, a form ...

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