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Policy networks and social resistance to water privatisation in Latin America

Policy networks and social resistance to water privatisation in Latin America

Lobina, Emanuele ORCID: 0000-0003-4774-0308, Terhorst, Philipp and Popov, Vladimir (2011) Policy networks and social resistance to water privatisation 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] The Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences is an open access product [2] This journal contains the proceedings of 4th & 5th UK Social Networks Conferences London, UK, July 2008 and 2009 [3] An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Harvard Conference on Political Networks (University of Harvard, 13-14 June 2009) and published in Jacobi, P.R., Sinisgalli, P. (eds.) (2010). [4] This paper was presented at the 5th UK Social Networks Conferences, Greenwich, UK, 3-5 July, 2009
Uncontrolled Keywords: Policy networks, Latin America, social movements, privatisation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
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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