Social Movements in Interaction with Political Parties.

with Hanspeter Kriesi and Jasmine Lorenzini, in: Snow, David A., Sarah A. Soule, Hanspeter Kriesi, and Holly McCammon (eds.), forthcoming, The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Social Movements. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

The literature on the interplay of social movements and political parties is growing as sociologists regain interest in political parties and political scientists pay closer attention to citizens’ discontent and its various political expressions. In this essay, we discuss the role of political parties and social movements as key actors for democratic representation, present four fields in social movement studies that have dealt with movement-party interactions, and discuss how movement-party interactions and hybrid forms might be reshaped in times of a crisis of democratic representation.


Social movements, political parties, democratic representation, crisis of representation, alliance formation, agenda-setting

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