Informational Lobbying and Activist Resources: Comparing Mobilizations Against School Closures in Sweden
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Previous studies that try to explain the use of informational lobbying tactics among advocacy groups have primarily focused on professionalized organizations and on the role of organizational resources, such as paid staff. As a result, it is unclear why informal and loosely organized social movement organizations (informal SMOs) are sometimes able to use such tactics. This article analyzes the socioeconomic characteristics of the informal SMOs that provide decision-makers with policy relevant information. It argues that we need to shift the focus from organizational resources to the resources held by voluntary activists (activist resources) to explain informational lobbying by these kinds of groups. By mobilizing activists who are able to donate time/money and who have civic and analytical skills, informal SMOs compensate for their lack of organizational resources. I present a study of the tactics used in mobilizations against closures of public schools in Sweden during the 2002–2010 period. In line with my argument, the results reveal that SMOs in high-income districts and in districts with a large proportion of white-collar parents are more likely to provide policy-relevant information to decision-makers. The results show smaller differences between the districts when it comes to the use of protest tactics.
lobbying, political resources, protests, social movements, interest groups, school closures
lobbying, protester, skolnedläggningar, politisk aktivism
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject Political Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-277699OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-277699DiVA: diva2:905416