Abstract

This paper argues that periodic waves of crowding‐in to ‘hot’ issue fields are a recurring feature of how globally networked civil society organizations operate, especially in countries of the Global South. We elaborate on this argument through a study of Indian civil society mobilization around climate change. Five key mechanisms contribute to crowding‐in processes: (1) the expansion of discursive opportunities; (2) the event effects of global climate change conferences; (3) the network effects created by expanding global civil society networks; (4) the adoption and innovation of action repertoires; and (5) global pressure effects creating new opportunities for civil society. Our findings contribute to the world society literature, with an account of the social mechanisms through which global institutions and political events affect national civil societies, and to the social movements literature by showing that developments in world society are essential contributors to national mobilization processes.

Country
Author
Ylä-Anttila, Tuomas & Swarnakar, Pradip
Title
Crowding In: How and Why Indian Civil Society Organizations Mobilized on Climate Change
Page range
273–292
Volume
68
Issue number
2
Date / Year
Jan 2017
Journal
British Journal of Sociology