Citizenship Rights and Social Movements: A Comparative and Statistical Analysis

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Oxford University Press, 2000 - Political Science - 296 pages
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This is the first comparative study of the relationship between social movements and citizenship rights. It identifies the main connections made between collective action and individual rights, in theory and history, and tests them in the context of modern authoritarian regimes. It does so by measuring both social mobilization and the presence of rights over time, and by analysing their mutual impact statistically - both within and across national cases. The results create a new perspective on democratic struggles in authoritarian conditions, and on processes of democratic transition. The argument is mainly developed through reference to periods of authoritarian rule in Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Spain. Measuring mobilization and rights provides a comparative description of their forms and fluctuations, just as the statistical results promote a comparative analysis of their influence and interactions.

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Joe Foweraker, Professor of Government and Director of the Centre for Mexican Studies, University of EssexTodd Landman, Lecturer in Politics, Deputy Director of the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex

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