Informing Activists: When do movements shape public opinion?

Neal Caren

When do movements shape public opinion?

Recommended Readings:


Burstein, Paul. 1998. “Bringing the public back in: should sociologists consider the impact of public opinion on public policy?.” Social forces 77(1):27-62.


Amenta, Edwin, Neal Caren, Elizabeth Chiarello, and Yang Su. 2010. “The political consequences of social movements.” Annual Review of Sociology 36:287-307.


Andrews, Kenneth T., Kraig Beyerlein, and Tuneka Tucker Farnum. 2015. “The Legitimacy of Protest: Explaining White Southerners’ Attitudes Toward the Civil Rights Movement.” Social Forces.

Agnone, Jon. 2007. “Amplifying public opinion: The policy impact of the US environmental movement.” Social Forces 85(4):1593-1620.

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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