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ECPR Journals Virtual Special Issue

Complex Interaction: Social Movements and International Institutions

Civil Society
Contentious Politics
International Relations
Political Participation
Social Movements
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Felix Anderl
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Panel Discussant
Bob Reinalda
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

09/09/2017 11:00 - 12:40
Building: BL09 Eilert Sundts hus, A-Blokka Floor: 1 Room: ES AUD4
Social movements and international institutions interact in manifold and complex ways that pose serious challenges to existing paradigms and research traditions in political science and sociology. Although the ‘contentious politics’ approach has been successful in explaining mobilization and protest behavior in social movements, and theories of international relations (IR) had successes in explaining institutional outcomes as a consequence of such protests, neither of them has been capable of theorizing the complex relationships between these unlikely pairs of actors. Therefore, this panel aims at blending perspectives from social movement studies with IR scholarship in order to account for political outcomes and processes, both in terms of social movement behavior and mobilization, as well as formal institutional politics in the international sphere. The contributions to this panel therefore aim at understanding the multiplicity of interactive relationships that have been evolving between transnational social movements and international institutions, from coopted and cooperative to hostile and disruptive interactions, by critically engaging with agency-centered concepts of advocacy, norm entrepreneurship and protest, and how these have to be thought anew when confronted with ‘cooperative’ repertoires such as institutionalization and cooptation.

Paper List

Title Details
Autonomy versus Conformism, Co-optation, De-politicization? Social Movements and Institutions in the Neoliberal Era View Paper Details
Interaction on whose Terms? Social Movements’ Reactions to Institutional Cooptation Strategies between Cooperation and Radicalization View Paper Details
Peasant Activism and Food Sovereignty: Exploring the Dynamics Between Social Movements and the United Nations Human Rights Council View Paper Details
Social Movements in International Relations: Recognizing Complexity View Paper Details
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