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Pressure Groups and Social Movements

Code 15744
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Ciência Política
Entry requirements None.
Learning outcomes The CU Pressure Groups and Social Movements aims to analyze two essential actors of the democratic political process. Anchored in society, outside Parliaments and Executives, Pressure Groups and Social Movements are dynamic agents in the process of building public policies, as well as vehicles for citizens' participation in collective life and for the political representation of their interests. In this context, with a view to integrating these agents into the range of basic variables essential for the analysis of general systems of collective action, the conceptual instruments and theoretical tools relevant to the study of these actors and their role in the system will be defined. political. Finally, attention will be paid to the nature, characteristics and relevance of pressure groups and social movements in Portuguese society.
Syllabus PART I. DEFINITION AND ROLES OF INTEREST GROUPS
1. Activity of Interest Groups: General Theories
1.1. Pluralism
1.2. Elitism
1.3. Corporatism and neo-corporatism
1.4. Economist approaches
1.5. State-centric perspectives
1.6. Neo-Marxism
1.7. New institutionalism
2. Impact of interest groups on political systems
2.1. Development and variation of the phenomenon
2.2. Political process
3. Political culture
4. Political parties
5. Public opinion
PART II. DEFINITION AND FUNCTIONS OF SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
6. Activity of social movements: general theories
6.1. Two Chicago schools
6.2. Stress and deprivation models
6.3. Resource mobilization model
6.4. Theory of the political process
7. Framework and social construction
7.1. New social movements
7.2. New trends
7.3. Alternatives and criticisms
8. Litigation dynamics
9. Political passions
10. New directions
11. Cyberspace
Main Bibliography Buechler, S. (2000) Social Movement in Advanced Capitalism. The Political Economy and Cultural Construction of Social Activism. New York: Oxford University Press; Cigler, A. and Loomis, B. orgs. (2016) Interest Group Politics. Washington: Congressional Quaterly Inc.; Eurofound (2016) The Concept of Representativeness at National, International and European Level. Luxembourg: Publication Office of the European Union; Halpin, D. (2010) Groups, Representation and Democracy. Between Promise and Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press; Johnston, H. ed. (2006) Culture, Social Movements, and Protest. Surrey: Ashgate; Porta, D. and Tarrow, D. (2005) Transnational Protest and Global Activism. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield; Tsakatita, M. and Lisi, M. orgs. (2014) Transformations of the Radical Left In Southern Europe: Bringing Society Back In. London: Routledge; Warren, M. (2001) Democracy and Association. Princeton: Princeton University Press;
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria The teaching methodologies aims to systematize and consolidate the defined learning outcomes, contributing to the acquisition and sharing of knowledge and have four components: theoretical and expository lessons; seminars devoted to the analysis and discussion of texts; presentation of the individual papers and its research methodologies options; tutorials aim to clarify doubts and advise bibliographiy.

Evaluation criteria (continuous):
Presentation and discussion of texts - 30%.
Presentation of the individual paper proposal and state of the art + individual written work - 20% + 40% (paper)
Participation and attendance - 10%.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2024-03-04

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