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Green States and Social MovementsEnvironmentalism in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Norway$
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John S. Dryzek, David Downes, Christian Hunold, David Schlosberg, and Hans-Kristian Hernes

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199249022

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199249024.001.0001

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States and Social Movements: Conclusions

States and Social Movements: Conclusions

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(p.192) 8 States and Social Movements: Conclusions
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Green States and Social Movements
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John S. Dryzek (Contributor Webpage)

David Downes

Christian Hunold (Contributor Webpage)

David Schlosberg (Contributor Webpage)

Hans‐Kristian Hernes (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199249024.003.0008

States and social movements cannot escape one another, and the outcomes of their interaction give shape to the political world. The state continues to be important in providing a large part of the structural context for movements, and the important possibility of movements transforming the state itself in a greener direction has been established. This dynamic entails reshaping of the state as it incorporates movements, but the ’life cycle’ of movements as they relate to states is much more than a one‐way drive to inclusion. Whether we care about the substantive ends sought by social movements, the transformation of the state, or the continued democratic well‐being of society, the conclusion is that civil society is not just a resting place for social movements on their way to the state . It is meaningful and sometimes crucial as a site of political action in its own right.

Keywords:   civil society, democracy, inclusion, life cycle, social movements, states

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