Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: August 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9780857021083 | Print ISBN: 9781412919760 | Online ISBN: 9780857021083| Publisher:SAGE Publications LtdAbout this handbook
Chapter 18: Social Movements
Vincent Boudreau & David S. Meyer
Social movements Comparative politics has often been a little unsure about what exactly needed to be compared when it comes to social movements. In some studies, the operational definition of a social movement shifts to fit the empirical case or cases at hand, while in others, the term does not appear at all, replaced by non-governmental organizations, democratization campaigns, labor movements, agrarian mobilization, and revolutions – among other terms. As with other subjects, comparative politics has produced a large number of single country case studies, informed by explicitly comparative theoretical concerns, which often address larger theoretical questions. And, as with other subjects, the field has produced a number of explicitly comparative studies that sacrifice some amount of detail for theoretical parsimony. Also, again as in other areas of comparative politics, there has been broad recognition that the international context offers constraints and opportunities for both authorities and their challengers, The ...