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Pressure Groups and New Social Movements

Political Science
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

This course is divided in two main subjects: pressure groups and new social movements. The aim of the first part is to present you with the history and the main theories related to pressure groups. It also analyzes their channels of influence and roles in democratic systems. Lastly, the most influential pressure groups today are taken into account. In the second part, we analyse the different types of social movements and the main theories behind them. Their role within a democracy and the trends by which they are influenced will also be presented.

Course Content

1. Pressure groups

  a) Main theories related to pressure groups

  i) Corporatism

  ii) Elitism

  iii) Pluralism

  iv) Neo-pluralism

  b) History and growth of pressure groups

  c) Channels of influence

  d) Pressure groups and democracies

  e) Pressure groups in the European Union

  f) Most influential pressure groups today

  g) Competing pressure groups

2. New Social Movements

  a) Types of social movements

  b) Main social movement theories

  c) Campaigns and repertoires

  d) Protest cycles

  e) The role of social movements within a democracy

  f) Recent trends


(Cambridge Cultural Social Studies) Alberto Melucci - Challenging Codes_ Collective Action in the Information Age - Cambridge University Press (1996)

(The European Union Series) Justin Greenwood (auth.) - Representing Interests in the European Union - Macmillan Education UK (1997)

Donatella Della Porta, Mario Diani - Social Movements_ An Introduction (2006)

Frank R. Baumgartner, Beth L. Leech - Basic interests_ the importance of groups in politics and in political science - Princeton University Press (1998)