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Social Movements, Protest, and Policy

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Eduardo Silva

Tulane University, US
About Eduardo

Eduardo Silva holds the Friezo Family Foundation Chair in Political Science. His research interests include popular incorporation in the political arena under left governments and the cumulative policy impacts of localized protest against mega-project development. He is the author of Challenging Neoliberalism in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

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Abstract

The capacity of Latin American social groups to mobilize has excited the imagination of students of the region since the birth of Latin American studies itself. Alongside the cultural turn, many social movement organizations continue to engage directly with politics. Aspirational goals notwithstanding, in order to improve conditions they devote much of their energy to influencing policy. Although scholars have begun to address the policy impact of Latin American social movements, we have limited systematized understanding of the conditions and mechanisms by which social movement protest affects policy outcomes. This essay argues that a policy process approach offers a useful first cut into more systematic analysis of social movements, protest, and their policy consequences in Latin America.

 

Resumen: Movimientos Sociales, Protesta y Políticas de Gobierno

 

La capacidad de movilización social que evidencia América Latina ha captado el imaginario de investigadores desde los albores de los estudios latinoamericanos. A pesar del giro cultural sobre el tema, muchos movimientos sociales siguen entablando la política de forma directa. Amén de sus metas aspiracionales, en pos de mejorar sus condiciones dedican una cantidad apreciable de sus esfuerzos a influenciar políticas de gobierno. Si bien es cierto que una cantidad no menospreciable de investigadores consideran esos impactos aún hace falta conocimiento sistematizado sobre las condiciones y los mecanismos a través de los cuales la protesta social afecta las políticas del estado. Este ensayo argumenta que enfoques centrados en los procesos de la política pública ofrecen una buena entrada al análisis más sistemático sobre los movimientos sociales, protesta, y sus consecuencias para políticas de gobierno.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/erlacs.10122
How to Cite: Silva, E. (2015). Social Movements, Protest, and Policy. ERLACS, (100), 27–39. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/erlacs.10122
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Published on 08 Dec 2015.
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