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Title: Organizing hope : reflections on strategic civic engagement in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada : 1978-1988
Author: Selinger, Gregory Frances
ISNI:       0000 0004 2678 304X
Awarding Body: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Current Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Date of Award: 2000
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The thesis presents a model of how inner city citizens can effectively engage in the political process to achieve their goals. It is based on two case studies, participant observation, and action research with inner city citizen groups in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, between 1978 and 1988. A review of the literature on theories of the state, strategy formation and execution, and methods of collective action, is synthesized into a systemic framework of questions to apply to the case studies. These questions are then employed to guide the case study analysis that draws out conclusions and lessons for citizen action. This is placed in the context of the development of the Canadian State. Then the thesis brings the research experience, literature review and case study analysis together into a model for civic engagement by inner city citizen groups. The model has four key components: assessing opportunities and constraints, framing issues and actors, mobilizing opportunity structures, organizations, policy communities and social networks; and taking collective action. Each is elaborated with action guidelines and caveats on the limitations of this approach.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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