Can we measure the influence of social movements?
|Collections||ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs|
|Title:||Can we measure the influence of social movements?|
|Publisher:||Canberra, ACT: Political Science, Research School of Social Science, The Australian National University|
|Series/Report no.:||Political Science Program Seminar: September 18, 2002|
For three decades new social movements have undergone scrutiny from political scientists with much written about why social movements exist and how they attract members. However little has been done on the influence of these mass mobilisations. In this paper I investigate normative and empirical statements about social movements in order to develop a way to measure the influence of these phenomenon. Current social movement literature provides few tools that can be used to measure social movement influence. I will argue that the influence of mass mobilisations on the political realm can be measured using discourse analysis techniques and by looking to public policy literature. I will then test this methodology by looking at the influence of the New Zealand women’s movement on debates surrounding child care and unpaid work.
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