Exploring the social movements institutionalization thesis: The case of feminist, ecologist, and LGTB activism in Catalonia

Gerard Coll-Planas, Marta Cruells

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    Abstract

    © Common Ground Research Networks, Gerard Coll-Planas, Marta Cruells All Rights Reserved. According to the institutionalization thesis, organizations representing social movements inexorably evolve toward a higher degree of internal structuring, greater distancing between bases and leaders, and moderating their demands and action repertoire. The fieldwork which we have carried out on three social movements in Catalonia (Spain) leads us to question issues raised by this thesis such as the concept of linear development, irreversibility, or underlying political standpoints that are exclusively State based. Furthermore, we consider it necessary to reflect on the possible key factors that can explain the complex relationship between social movements and public institutions in the context of three main changes that took place in Western democracies: the State's acceptance of demands and discourses of the social movements, the restructuring of the welfare state, and changes in the State's decision-making processes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)25-39
    JournalInternational Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies
    Volume15
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017

    Keywords

    • Democracy
    • Ecology
    • Feminism
    • Institutionalization
    • LGBT
    • Social movements

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