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Citizenship Rights and Social MovementsA Comparative and Statistical Analysis$
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Joe Foweraker and Todd Landman

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780199240463

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199240463.001.0001

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Social Movements, Individual Rights, and Democratic Transitions

Social Movements, Individual Rights, and Democratic Transitions

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Citizenship Rights and Social Movements

Joe Foweraker

Todd Landman

Oxford University Press

This chapter first reviews the principal propositions regarding the relationship between individual rights and social movements, and examines the evidence in support by summarizing the results of the empirical enquiry and statistical analysis. It reviews the relationship in the separate perspectives of social movement activity and rights provision, before adopting a dual perspective which responds to the mutual influence of rights and movements. The objective is to describe the main contours of the integrated comparative argument, and so bring the research to completion. But the argument clearly has broader implications, and, in particular, may contribute to our understanding of democratic transition and consolidation in the contemporary period. Consequently, the chapter proceeds to explore this contribution by contrasting the principal research findings with the mainstream interpretations of recent democratic transitions.

Keywords:   social movements, citizenship rights, rights provision, democratic transition

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