Selective Use of Political Opportunity: A Case of Environmental Protest in Rural China

  • Yanhua Deng
  • Jonathan BenneyEmail author


Political opportunity refers to the “dimensions of the political environment” within which movement participants evaluate how their collective action can achieve their goals (Tarrow 1994). The structure of political opportunity, as McAdam (1996, p. 27) has suggested, includes four major components: increasing or decreasing openness in institutionalized political systems, increasing or decreasing instability in the alignment of government elites, changing levels of elite support for collective action, and the capacity of the government to contain collective action.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social and Behavioral SciencesNanjing UniversityNanjingChina
  2. 2.Monash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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