Informing Activists: How/When do movements make a political difference?

Political consequences of social movements is a big topic, and has received a large amount of scholarly attention. As a result, there’s a lot to discuss. We are grateful that Katrin Uba has provided an extensive overview of how movements make a political difference. We’ve divided this discussion into multiple videos by topic, all of which can be found below.

Katrin Uba

Introduction to Political Consequences

How does the political context impact my campaign’s success?

Which strategies are more successful politically?

Who should I target for political success?


Recommended Readings:


McCammon, Holly J., Karen E. Campbell, Ellen M. Granberg and Christine Mowery. 2001. “How Movements Win: Gendered Opportunity Structures and U.S. Women’s Suffrage Movements, 1866 to 1919.” American Sociological Review 66(1):49-70.


Amenta, Edwin and Neal Caren. 2004. “The Legislative, Organizational, and Beneficiary Consequences of State-Oriented Challengers.” Pp. 461-88 in The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements, edited by D. A. Snow, S. A. Soule and H. Kriesi. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.


Uba, Katrin. 2009. “The contextual dependence of movement outcomes: a simplified meta-analysis.” Mobilization: An International Quarterly, 14(4), 433-448.

For more research on the outcomes of social movements, check out this searchable, sortable database of outcomes research.

We would like to thank the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for their support of the Youth Activism Project through the Youth and Participatory Politics Research Network.

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