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How Change Happens

Duncan Green


Human society is full of would-be ‘change agents’, a restless mix of campaigners, lobbyists, and officials, both individuals and organizations, set on transforming the world. They want to improve public services, reform laws and regulations, guarantee human rights, get a fairer deal for those on the sharp end, achieve greater recognition for any number of issues, or simply be treated with respect. Striking then, that not many universities have a Department of Change Studies, to which social activists can turn for advice and inspiration. Instead, scholarly discussions of change are fragmented w ... More

Keywords: change agents, campaigners, lobbyists, officials, public services, activists, social change, political change, NGOs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198785392
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785392.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Duncan Green, author
Senior Strategic Adviser, Oxfam Great Britain and Professor in Practice, London School of Economics