Mechanisms of Globalized Protest Movements

Mark I. Lichbach and Helma G. E. de Vries

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780199566020
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577482 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Mechanisms of Globalized Protest Movements

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This article examines the mechanisms of globalized protest movements. It tries to draw together intellectual resources on this field, and offers a survey of theories of contentious politics. These theories aim to explore their applicability to the new phenomenon of global protest movements (GPMs). The article also suggests that the differences between GPMs may be attributed to their differential use of mobilizational mechanisms. A comparison of these mechanisms involved in different GPMs and contentious politics allows for the redefinition of an understanding of how these mechanisms work in explaining globalized collective action as well as other forms of contention.

Keywords: mechanisms; globalized protest movements; theories; contentious politics; global protest movements; mobilizational mechanisms; globalized collective action; forms of contention

Article.  15502 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics ; Political Methodology

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