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Negative and Positive Radical Flank Effects on Social Movements: The Influence of Protest Cycles on Moderate and Conservative Organizations

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This paper argues that radical flanks (or the more radical organizations within the social movement sector) have both negative and positive effects on social movements depending upon the stage of activism in the life cycle of a protest movement. Specifically, the radical flank may help moderate (or organizations that employ both direct action and state sanctioned mechanisms of change) and conservative social movement organizations (or those that primarily engage in legal and state sanctioned mechanisms of change) gain state concessions and benefits during the peak of activism. Conversely, as concessions are won, and the movementís momentum wanes, the radical flank may begin to adversely affect the image of the more moderate organizations while buttressing state support for the conservative wing.

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Robnett, Belinda. and Trammell, Rebecca. "Negative and Positive Radical Flank Effects on Social Movements: The Influence of Protest Cycles on Moderate and Conservative Organizations" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Hilton San Francisco & Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel, San Francisco, CA,, Aug 14, 2004 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p109468_index.html>

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Robnett, B. and Trammell, R. W. , 2004-08-14 "Negative and Positive Radical Flank Effects on Social Movements: The Influence of Protest Cycles on Moderate and Conservative Organizations" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Hilton San Francisco & Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel, San Francisco, CA, Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p109468_index.html

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Abstract: This paper argues that radical flanks (or the more radical organizations within the social movement sector) have both negative and positive effects on social movements depending upon the stage of activism in the life cycle of a protest movement. Specifically, the radical flank may help moderate (or organizations that employ both direct action and state sanctioned mechanisms of change) and conservative social movement organizations (or those that primarily engage in legal and state sanctioned mechanisms of change) gain state concessions and benefits during the peak of activism. Conversely, as concessions are won, and the movementís momentum wanes, the radical flank may begin to adversely affect the image of the more moderate organizations while buttressing state support for the conservative wing.

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Introduction This paper argues that radical flanks defined as radical organizations within a social movement sector have both negative and positive effects on social movements depending upon the stage of activism in the life cycle of a protest movement. Specifically the radical flank may help moderate organizations that employ both direct action and state sanctioned mechanisms of change and conservative social movement organizations (that focus on state sanctioned tactics) during the peak of activism. Conversely as concessions are won
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