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Access to power: the organisational structure of the wilderness conservation and anti-nuclear movements in Australia

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Holloway, G (1991) Access to power: the organisational structure of the wilderness conservation and anti-nuclear movements in Australia. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

Social movements open new modes of political participation.
The placement of social movements exclusively in the domain of
'unconventional' politics ignores their 'conventional' aspects and
reinforces the ideological stereotypes that devalue social movements as
'abnormal'. On the other hand, treating social movements as a mere
extension of 'conventional' politics tends to ignore the semiinstitutional
nature of some social movements bodies. A discussion of
these theoretical and ideological issues in Chapters One and Two opens
the way for an empirical examination of social movement bodies in
Chapters Four to Six.
Empirical analysis of organisations and groups forming the
wilderness conservation and the anti-nuclear movements in Australia
reveals their multi-modal structure and operation. Both movements
include formalised organisations, which operate in 'conventional'
ways (Institutional Mode) similiar to other interest and lobby groups,
as well as movement bodies that are 'unconventional' in their
structure and operation. The latter include two types analysed, under
the labels 'Social Movement Mode' and the 'New Mode'. The
characteristics of these three modes are investigated using a survey of
330 movement bodies (formal and semi-formal). Cluster analysis of the
organisational characteristics reveals both the three-modal structure of
the movements and some interesting differences between the
wilderness conservation and the anti-nuclear movements.

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