Social movements and the construction of crisis actors: Collective responsibility, Identity and Governance

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This article examines the Europeanization of social movements following the European sovereign debt crisis. It develops a theoretical framework to measure degrees of social movement Europeanization, incorporating targets, participants, and issue frame dimensions of mobilization. Europeanization of social movements occurs when they collaborate with similar movements in other countries, claim a European identity, invoke Europe-wide solidarity, contest authorities beyond the state and ascribe responsibility for solving the crisis to European Union (EU). By targeting EU authorities, social movements may contribute to the construction of the EU as a crisis actor and through deliberative processes define the roles and identities of such actors.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)874–883
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2015


  • social movements
  • actorness
  • crisis

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