Title
The complex agenda-setting power of protest : demonstrations, media, parliament, government, and legislation in Belgium, 1993-2000
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
San Diego, Calif. ,
Subject
Sociology
Politics
Source (journal)
Mobilization. - San Diego, Calif., 1996, currens
Volume/pages
17(2012) :2 , p. 129-156
ISSN
1086-671X
1938-1514
ISI
000305715800002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
We conducted pooled time-series analyses to assess how number and size of demonstrations affect the political agenda in Belgium (1993-2000). Taking twenty-jive issues into account, this study finds that protest matters for the political agenda setting. This study also advances scholarly understanding of the agenda-setting power of protest by showing that the causal mechanisms of impact are complex and contingent. The parliamentary. governmental, and legislative attention for issues is significantly and differently affected by preceding protest activities. The media act as an intermediary variable: media coverage emerges in response to protest and, in turn, affects the political agenda afterwards. Protests on some issues have more effect than on others: in Belgium, new social movements protests are especially effective in causing parliament and government to focus attention on the issue.
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