Opening Up the Black Box

  • Leonidas Oikonomakis


This book started with two central questions. The first has to do with how social movements choose what political strategy to follow in their quest for social change. This question refers to the mechanisms that are set in motion in order for the movements to select their political strategy. In Chap.  2, I identified what the options available for social movements that want to bring about (or block) social change are. A typology was created which distinguishes between essentially two different roads to social change: one that passes through the seizure of state power (the state power road) and one that avoids any relationship with the state or its functions (the emancipatory road). The state power road also has two separate routes, depending on the means the movements choose in order to seize state power: the electoral route, which refers to the movement’s participation in parliamentary/electoral processes, and the insurgent route, which refers to the revolutionary seizure of state power. The above-mentioned roads and routes and their characteristics have been analysed thoroughly in Chap.  2 of this book.


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  • Leonidas Oikonomakis
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of CreteCreteGreece

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