Do social movement organizations increase the supply of a public good? We address this question by investigating the role of generalist social movement organizations and technology-focused organizations for the development of the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in California from 1995 until 2012. We find that increases in the membership of Electric Auto Association (EAA) chapters in the cities of California enhanced the number of EV charging stations set up in each city. Our analyses also show that the organizational diversity of the environmental movement spurred the growth of EAA membership but did not directly increase the establishment of charging stations.
Dutta, S., Rao, H. and Vasi, I. (2018), "Plug Power. Social Movements and Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in California, 1995–2012", Briscoe, F., King, B. and Leitzinger, J. (Ed.) Social Movements, Stakeholders and Non-Market Strategy (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 56), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 21-52. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X20180000056003Download as .RIS
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