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Chapter 2 Theoretical Framework: Mobilising Internal Resources and Exploiting External Opportunities

Community Campaigns for Sustainable Living: Health, Waste & Protest in Civil Society

ISBN: 978-1-78052-380-4, eISBN: 978-1-78052-381-1

ISSN: 2041-806X

Publication date: 25 October 2011

Abstract

This chapter will establish the two main strands of the study's theoretical framework. These strands represent the internal and external resources in the GSE case. The resource mobilisation (RM) strand refers to the internal resources of GSE, while the political opportunity structure (POS) refers to external resources. By referring to the literature on social movements particularly that which dwells on RM and the exploitation of political opportunities, the study will provide an understanding of collective action. This study investigates the campaign of an environmental movement that challenged the waste policy of the state, on the issue of incineration. As the state changed waste policy, the Galway campaign mobilised internal resources and exploited external political opportunities. The shifting nature of this opportunity structure may affect the patterns of internal mobilisation, utilisation of resources and types of networks a movement implements. Government responses to such challenges may also influence the patterns of collective action, as movements attempt to exploit the opportunities of the wider political environment.

Citation

Leonard, L. (2011), "Chapter 2 Theoretical Framework: Mobilising Internal Resources and Exploiting External Opportunities", Leonard, L. (Ed.) Community Campaigns for Sustainable Living: Health, Waste & Protest in Civil Society (Advances in Ecopolitics, Vol. 7), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 15-45. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2041-806X(2011)0000007006

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