Understanding the organization of green activism: sociological and economic perspectives

Heyes, Anthony and King, Brayden (2018) Understanding the organization of green activism: sociological and economic perspectives. Organization and Environment. ISSN 1086-0266

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Environmental activists are an important voice in public and private politics, urging governmental and corporate responses and solutions to ongoing environmental damage. Scholars have become increasingly interested in understanding environmental movements and the influence of environmental activist organizations. This article describes two literatures that have analyzed the dynamics and outcomes of activism, one based in a sociological examination of social movements and the other in economic analysis of activist nongovernmental organizations. Although the literatures sometimes use different language and methods, they have much in common. We highlight the consistent themes—in particular the shared respect for the rational actor model—the particular strengths of each tradition, and directions for future research where synergies between the disciplines could be more fully exploited.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: social movement organizations, activist NGOs, comparative analysis, community environmental pressure, private politics, corporate sustainability, sustainable development
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Economics
Depositing User: Anthony Heyes
Date Deposited: 23 May 2018 09:37
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 14:20
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/76034

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