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Social Movement: Conflict Theories

Political Process Theory

Focus on windows of opportunity for social change.

Addresses the issue of timing of social movements and provides explanations for the processes of social movements.

1.

Growth of political pluralism (competition among two or more political parties with fairly equal power).

2.

Elite disunity, internal fragmentation of the elite, disunity among the prevailing powerful segments.

3.

Broadened access to power gaps.

4.

Elites reach out to other interest groups to gain needed majorities for control of power.

5.

New opportunities for new groups.

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