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Power Games: Elites, Movements, and Strategic Cooperation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5921-0983
2019 (English)In: Political Studies ReviewArticle in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Cooperation between movements and political elites are frequently associated with the risk of cooptation. Because it undercuts contentious actors, cooptation may seem rational for elites that seek to protect their interests. However, recent scholarship questions whether this view is empirically valid. Adding to these debates, this article demonstrates that even if we accept, for the sake of argument, that elites always act to maintain power, cooptation may often not be the rational choice of strategy. This article presents a typology of elite responses that focuses on three phases of elite–movement interaction: preparatory, term-setting, and confrontation phases. In each phase, elites’ choice between cooptation and conditional cooperation depends on whether legitimacy appears instrumental to achieve their goals. Cooperation, as opposed to cooptation, generates legitimacy and can, therefore, be used strategically by movements.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-390476DOI: 10.1177/1478929919864778OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-390476DiVA, id: diva2:1341762
Available from: 2019-08-11 Created: 2019-08-11 Last updated: 2019-08-11

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