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Policy networks and social resistance to water privatization in Latin America

Policy networks and social resistance to water privatization in Latin America

Lobina, Emanuele ORCID: 0000-0003-4774-0308, Terhorst, Philipp and Popov, Vladimir (2011) Policy networks and social resistance to water privatization in Latin America. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 10. pp. 19-25. ISSN 1877-0428 (doi:

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The paper looks at civil society campaigns against water privatisation in six Latin American countries, resulting in both success and failure. Our inquiry aims at contributing to the understanding of the determinants of social movement outcomes. We explain variations in outcome as a result of interrelations between: a) agency; b) mobilisation tactics; c) political opportunity structures; and, d) network composition (i.e. the composition of coalitions promoting the campaigns). Our findings indicate that the strengthening of coalitions is a significant determinant of successful outcome. The combined effect of network size and
heterogeneity of the coalition contributes to the representativeness, cohesion and effectiveness of the campaigns.

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Additional Information: [1] Available online: 9 February 2011. [2] This paper forms part of a selection of papers from the 4th & 5th UK Social Networks Conferences held at The University of Greenwich in London, UK, July 2008 and 2009 and published as Vol.10 of the journal Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences in 2011. The volume is edited by Bruce Cronin and Dimitris Christopoulos. [3] An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Harvard Conference on Political Networks (University of Harvard, 13-14 June 2009). [4] Elseiver Open Access Article. Further details at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: policy networks, social movements, social campaigns, mobilisation tactics, coalitions, water privatisation, political opportunity, Latin America
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC) > Centre for Business Network Analysis (CBNA)
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW) > Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU)
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