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A Cross-national, Multilevel Approach to Class-based Political Mobilization

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Resurgent interest in strain theories of protest behavior has highlighted the importance of economic threat for political mobilization. However, many of the insights of this approach are derived from case studies of specific movements, leaving open the possibility that the influence of threat is limited to certain contexts. To remedy the absence of systematic research on economic threat, this study uses a standardized, cross-national dataset to evaluate the recent claims. Using the unemployment rate as a measure of economic threat, the results suggest that the mobilizing effects of economic uncertainty are limited to those individuals who are most economically vulnerable—specifically, manual workers in liberal and corporatist welfare states. The findings highlight the relevance of two sources of economic protection: occupational benefits at the individual level and welfare policies at the national level. The implications of these findings underscore the importance of attending to the institutional environment in which economic threat emerges and suggest the benefits of a comparative, multilevel approach to the study of protest behavior.

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Dodson, Kyle. "A Cross-national, Multilevel Approach to Class-based Political Mobilization" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Colorado Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, Denver, CO, Aug 16, 2012 <Not Available>. 2014-12-12 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p565427_index.html>

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Dodson, K. , 2012-08-16 "A Cross-national, Multilevel Approach to Class-based Political Mobilization" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Colorado Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, Denver, CO Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-12-12 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p565427_index.html

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Abstract: Resurgent interest in strain theories of protest behavior has highlighted the importance of economic threat for political mobilization. However, many of the insights of this approach are derived from case studies of specific movements, leaving open the possibility that the influence of threat is limited to certain contexts. To remedy the absence of systematic research on economic threat, this study uses a standardized, cross-national dataset to evaluate the recent claims. Using the unemployment rate as a measure of economic threat, the results suggest that the mobilizing effects of economic uncertainty are limited to those individuals who are most economically vulnerable—specifically, manual workers in liberal and corporatist welfare states. The findings highlight the relevance of two sources of economic protection: occupational benefits at the individual level and welfare policies at the national level. The implications of these findings underscore the importance of attending to the institutional environment in which economic threat emerges and suggest the benefits of a comparative, multilevel approach to the study of protest behavior.


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