Organizing Resources
"Born of Struggle, Implemented Through Struggle" US Human Rights Network guide to building a people-centered human rights movement

Resources on World Social Forum

Hilde C Stephansen, 2012 – Making Global Publics ? Communication and Knowledge Production in the World Social Forum Process. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London. Available @

Bibliography: Scholarship on Social Movement Alliances and Coalitions

Jackie Smith, "Counter-Hegemonic Networks and The Transformation of Global Climate Politics: Rethinking Movement-State Relations." Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought 4 (January 2014)

McCammon, Holly and Nella Van Dyke. 2010. “Applying Qualitative Comparative Analysis to Empirical Studies of Social Movement Coalition Formation,” pp. 292-315 in Strategic Alliances: Coalition Building and Social Movements. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
We explore the conditions that most often facilitate coalition formation by conducting a meta-analysis of extant research on coalitions. We include 24 separate studies in our analysis, and utilize Qualitative Comparative Analysis as our analytic technique. We find multiple paths to coalition formation. The two factors which alone appear to be sufficient for organizational cooperation are a shared ideology, and the existence of an external threat. Ideological congruence is more likely to result in a new coalition when resources are plentiful and therefore competition does not impede cooperation. Political threats often combine with opportunities, pre-existing social ties and resources to facilitate organizational alliances.

Van Dyke, Nella and Holly McCammon (eds.). 2010. Strategic Alliances: Coalition Building and Social Movements. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Strategic Alliances presents original research on an understudied topic in the social movements literature: coalitions. The volume provides a set of in depth analyses of the circumstances leading to organizational alliances. Contributors examine coalition dynamics among a range of social movements, including antiwar, environmental, labor movements, ethnic organizations and women's groups. Many of the essays consider coalition formation in the United States, while others look at coalitions in Britain, the former East Germany, East Asia and Latin America.

Van Dyke, Nella and Ronda Cress. 2006. “Political Opportunities and Collective Identity in Ohio’s Gay and Lesbian Movement, 1970-2000” Sociological Perspectives 49: 503-526.
Gender dynamics have historically shaped the gay and lesbian rights movement, with gay men and lesbians working together more during some time periods than others. In this paper, we explore how changes in the socio-political context influence the gendered collective identity and gender composition of the gay and lesbian rights movement over time. We utilize data on the gay and lesbian rights movement in Columbus, Ohio from 1970 to 2000 and interviews with 24 movement participants. We find that shifts in the socio-political context, including the activity of movement opponents, change the salience of gender and other identities for movement participants, thereby leading to changes in the movement’s collective identity. We contribute to the literatures on gender, sexuality and social movements by demonstrating that counter-movements can mobilize stigma in a way that heightens identity salience and alters collective identities.

Van Dyke, Nella. 2003. “Crossing Movement Boundaries: Factors That Facilitate Coalition Protest by American College Students, 1930-1990,” Social Problems 50(2): 226-250.
Staging events with a large number of participants is a central means by which movements are able to exercise power. Creating broad coalitions that cut across movement boundaries can help them do so (Jones et al. 2001). In spite of this fact, most studies of social movement coalitions focus on individual movements, analyzing them in isolation. In this paper, I explore the conditions under which organizations form alliances across movement boundaries, and examine whether these cross-movement coalition events are facilitated by the same factors that inspire coalition activity among organizations active within a single movement. I use event history methods to analyze data on 2644 left-wing protest events that occurred on college campuses between 1930 and 1990. I find several differences between the factors that facilitate cross-movement and within-movement coalition events. The availability of resources is important to within-movement coalition events but not to cross-movement coalition formation. Local threats inspire within-movement coalition events, while larger threats that affect multiple constituencies or broadly defined identities inspire cross-movement coalition formation. The activity of multi-issue movement organizations is associated with higher levels of all forms of protest, including single and cross-movement coalition events. This research contributes to social movement theory by demonstrating that political threats sometimes inspire protest, and that organizational goals influence strategic action.

American Political Science Association, "Democratic Imperatives: Innovations in Rights, Participation, and Economic Citizenship," Report of the Task Force on Democracy, Economic Security, and Social Justice in a Volatile World. APSA: 2012.
This report focuses on innovations, primarily originating in the global south, in the areas of human rights-based approaches to development and democratization, participatory governance, and economic citizenship. It not only provides information on a wide range of innovations that are working in different contexts around the world but also offers conceptual and normative reflection on these innovations. The full report is available for free online; you can access it here