Political Opportunity Structures and Progressive Movement Sectors

Beyeler, Michelle; Rucht, Dieter (2010). Political Opportunity Structures and Progressive Movement Sectors In: Walgrave, Stefaan; Rucht, Dieter (eds.) The World Says No to War: Demonstrations against the War on Iraq. Social movements, protest, and contention: Vol. 33 (pp. 20-41). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 10.5749/minnesota/9780816650958.003.0002

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This chapter focuses on the structural features of political systems and their possible influence on social movement sectors in the eight countries—Belgium, Britain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States—that participated in the February 15, 2003 protests. It seeks a direct link between general political structures, and the structures of a large social movement sector, or even specific kinds of movements. Large antiwar protests usually recruit from a cluster of movements referred to as a social movement family. For the most part, peace movements consist of progressive and leftist groups. The chapter concentrates on the size and character of the progressive left, labeled the “progressive movement sector”.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


School of Social Work > Social Security focus area
School of Social Work
School of Social Work > Institute for Social Security and Social Policy


Beyeler, Michelle0000-0001-9988-9265;
Rucht, Dieter;
Walgrave, Stefaan and
Rucht, Dieter


H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)




Social movements, protest, and contention


University of Minnesota Press




Michelle Beyeler

Date Deposited:

29 Apr 2020 11:23

Last Modified:

18 Dec 2020 13:29

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

political systems, social movement sectors, February 15 protests, antiwar protests, social movement family, peace movements, progressive and leftist groups, progressive movement sector



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