European and American specialists in economic and political processes move beyond earlier debates to look seriously, systematically, and innovatively at social change and protest, with particular attention to the influence of economic change and variation on contentious politics. The essays take up two widely recognized but much contested questions in contentious politics: how threats and opportunities faced by potential participants in joint political action affect the likelihood, character, and consequences of that action; and, how economic change and variation either a) constitute significant political threats and opportunities or b) shape responses to political threats and opportunities. Contributors: Maria Kousis, Charles Tilly, Marc Giugni, Julie Berclaz, Marc Steinberg, Jeffery Broadbent, Klaus Eder, John K. Glenn, Dieter Rucht, Richard Hogan, Maryjane Osa, Cristina Corduneanu-Husi.
Introduction. ECONOMIC, POLITICAL, AND OTHER OPPORTUNITY STRUCTURES. "Political - Cultural - Economic: Specifying the Concept of Opportunity Structures for Contentious Politics". "Capitalist law, relations of production and exploitation, and structured possibilities for contention, or Using three Tillys to Make One Argument". "Wrestling with the Minotaur: Tillian Structuralism, Economic Factors and Environmental Movement Mobilization in Japan". HOW POLITICS AND ECONOMICS CHANGE OPPORTUNITIES. "From the Common Market to the Political Union. The shifting opportunity structure of contentious politics in Europe". "The Economic Opportunities of European Union Enlargement". "Living Wage Laws in the United States: The Dynamics of a Growing Movement". THREATS, OPPORTUNITIES AND FORMS OF ACTION IN CHANGING ECONOMIES. "The Internet as a New Opportunity for Transnational Protest Groups". "Political Opportunity and Capitalist Crisis". "Linking Structures of Economic and Political Opportunity in Non-Democracies". "Economic Opportunities and Constraints in Environmental Movements and Counter Movements". Afterword. Bibliography.