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How Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations and Leadership in the 21st Century

Hahrie Han


Why are some civic associations better than others at getting—and keeping—people involved in activism? From MoveOn.org to the National Rifle Association, Health Care for America Now to the Sierra Club, membership-based civic associations constantly seek to engage people in civic and political action. What makes some more effective than others? Using in-person observations, surveys, and field experiments, this book compares organizations with strong records of engaging people in health and environmental politics to those with weaker records. To build power, civic associations need quality and q ... More

Keywords: civic associations, activism, organizing, mobilizing, health politics, environmental activism, democracy, civic engagement, online activism, collective action

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199336760
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199336760.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hahrie Han, author
Wellesley College