The Pros And Cons Of Political Movements

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We tend to think of politics as very contentious. Of course, most controversies we hear about on the news are mainly focused on politics. Political life can actually be defined by saying that it consists more of ceremonies, consultations, bureaucratic process, attending associational meetings, and reading and publishing newspapers, asking officials for favors… (Tilly and Tarrow 2006: 437). Movements have some similarities with contentious politics and tend to be mistaken for it. But if we look for the definition of social movements in its historical and social context, we would find that they are defined as “persistent and organized effort on the par of a relatively large number of people either to bring about or to resist social change”(Defronzo,…show more content…
The citizens. Those citizens need to be unsatisfied about the situation, this frustration is what will lead them to take the decision to put words into action and look for a change. This lack of satisfaction will lead to the popular uprising in a country. Then come the dissident elite political movements, which are the groups that lead that unsatisfied population. These political movements are the results of the gathering of some people who are against the political situation, especially in authoritarian regimes. One of the most important factors for a political movement to be successful is that it should have a unified goal. Having only one purpose that everyone striving for can make a change. Otherwise, if the population itself isn’t sure about what it wants, how can they make it happen? Also, if there is no political crisis, there is no room for a political movement. Therefore, a severe political crisis will make the movement act surely and rapidly. And finally, for the political movement to be able to bring about any change in a country, there must be a permissive world context. International actors can easily influence an on-going
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