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'Voters, protest and policies: Bridging public opinion, social movement outcomes and policy responsiveness research'

Series Name Department of Politics and International Relations
Type Conference
Starts at Jun 16, 2014 12:00 AM
Ends at Jun 17, 2014 12:00 AM
Venue University of Leicester
Open To Public

A research workshop sponsored by: The RESPONSIVEGOV project ( and The MOVEOUT network (

Studies on governmental responsiveness have often taken two different angles: analysing reactions to opinion polls or the general ‘public mood’ on the one hand, and to collective action, on the other. A large and increasing body of scholarship focuses on how much attention governments pay to opinion polls and to the public mood expressed through surveys.

The traditional approach in political science has been to measure or approximate public opinion through the beliefs and preferences expressed in representative surveys. This method, however, does not account for the fact that public opinion, or at least a segment of it, is also expressed through other means. Collective action – from demonstrations and to street occupations – is another way for the public to voice their views, demands, and policy preferences. Studies of social movement outcomes, particularly the ones interested in the effect of mobilization on public policy take collective action seriously, but often neglect the role of public opinion.

This research workshop aims at starting to bridge the gaps between these different areas of research that have tended to ignore each other. The workshop will bring together the team members of the European Research Council-funded project ResponsiveGov (led by Laura Morales, University of Leicester) and the members of MOVEOUT the international network on the study of social movement outcomes (coordinated by Katrin Uba, Uppsala University), as well as other scholars working on these topics.

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