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The environmental movement in a global level

Institutionalized and/or challenged by new movement actors?

 

According to previous research, social movements stagnate as they become institutionalized. The last decades has seen the institutionalization of the environmental movement and its agenda on a national as well as a global level, as combined with an upsurge of new movement actors outside of the institutionalized milieu. The purpose is to analyze the contemporary environmental movement in Japan, Denmark and Sweden with a focus on the relation between institutionalization and the recent emergence of new actors. How does institutionalization affect movement actors’ articulation of environmental problems and strategies? To what extent are institutions challenged by new movement actors, what fuels the latter and how do established organizations respond? How are articulations and interactions transformed through shifts between national and global levels? The project design has two empirical footings: 1) two established national movement organizations in each country in order to study the interaction between the movement and the national and global institutions (questions 1 and 3) and; 2) the international (climate) top summits constituting both a global institution and a dynamic space of interaction between established and new movement actors (question 2). Data will be collected from these sites by interviews, observations and document analysis. The project will contribute with new knowledge on the effects of institutionalization and the development of global civil society.

Project duration: 2013-2016

For more information, please contact Håkan Thörn

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