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The European Union and Beyond

Integration or Cooptation? Dynamic Interactions Between Social Movements and Institutions

International relations

Workshop Director
Nicole Deitelhoff
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Workshop Co-Director
Katrin Uba
Uppsala Universitet

26/04/2017 09:00 - 17:00
Building: Business School South Room: Room A08
Citizens’ political activism via social movements or advocacy organisations often involve in conflicts with power holders. The ways in which these groups interact with established institutions are manifold – from cooperation to demonstrations and civil disobedience, or from repression and cooptation to acceptance and responsiveness. This workshop addresses the dynamic interactions between social movements and institutions with a focus on strategies of and against cooptation. While cooptation is a prominent strategy of institutions to cope with critique and much has been written about cooptation in the research on authoritarian regimes or social movements, we still know little about its dynamics or implications. The workshop focuses on movement-institution interactions and their consequences for movements’ strategies and aims as well as institutions’ political decisions. The goal is to clarify what cooptation entails and in how far it may, in fact, allow for a (symbolic) integration of movements’ claims in established institutions? We invite papers that look at social movement cooptation from both the institutional and from the social movement perspective. We especially encourage empirical studies that apply a relational perspective on movements and institutions in one country, at transnational level, or in comparative perspective and that utilize qualitative, as well as quantitative methodological approaches. Welcome are papers addressing one or more of the following questions: Concerning social movements: What effects do cooptation strategies have on social movements? To what extent do they change their goals and/or organizational forms? Why do social movements get coopted? Do they reflect on the danger of cooptation? With regard to the institutions, core questions are: (How) do these try to coopt social movements? With what mechanisms is approximation reached? What are the effects on the institutions

Paper List

Title Details
After Accommodation: A Dutch Gay and Lesbian Organization’s Avoidance of Governmental Cooptation during the 1990s View Paper Details
Conflict, Cooperation or Cooptation? "Civil Society" in the European Neighbourhood Policy View Paper Details
Detachment and Co-optation: Joint Outcomes of Anti-Austerity Movements in Spain? View Paper Details
Elite Allies and Social Movements: Between Suppressive and Supportive Policy Representation View Paper Details
Interaction on Whose Terms? Social Movements’ Reactions to Institutional Cooptation Strategies between Cooperation and Radicalization View Paper Details
'It’s Always the Same People': Practices of Cooptation in Six Participatory Processes in Spain View Paper Details
Mechanisms of Dis/agreement: Contention in the Public Sphere during the Refugee Crisis in the Czech Republic View Paper Details
Mechanisms of Self-Preservation: Explaining How the Afro-Brazilian Movement Maintains Itself While Allying with Political Parties View Paper Details
NGOs Under Government Scrutiny between Resistance and Cooperation View Paper Details
Non-Cooptation as Strategy: When Elites Prefer not to Coopt Contenders View Paper Details
Some Reforms Are Tougher Than the Rest - Civil Society Influence on Norway's Drug- and Alcohol Policies 1970-2010 View Paper Details
The Odd Bond between Social Movements and Policy-Makers along the Policy Process: Which Consequences for Immigrant Integration? Evidences from the Italian Cities of Milan and Naples View Paper Details
The Power of a Small Group: How Dynamic Interaction between Politicians and Activists Helped to Stop a Dam Construction in Sweden View Paper Details
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