Mildred Schwartz brilliantly dissects insurgencies inside political parties, applying organizational and social movement theories to explain their unresolved dilemmas, constant struggles, and remarkable resilience. Her skillful mining of historical events for their contemporary relevance makes this book the definitive investigation of party movements in the U.S. and Canada.
Schwartz's study of the tenacity of party movements in Canada and the U.S. is a focused and thorough examination of the choices made by group actors as they seek to remain relevant and persist in otherwise often historically hostile institutional environments. This book builds on a lifetime of meticulous scholarship on political parties and social movements, and will be of benefit to students who draw comparisons between Canada and the U.S., as well as observers seeking conceptually generalizable insights into the complex and evolving relationship between protest groups and political institutions.
Mildred Schwartz makes a powerful scholarly statement on the effects of tactics on party movements' persistence over time. A must read for students of U.S. and Canadian politics and social change.
Mildred Schwartz is the most thoughtful comparative scholar of the U.S. and Canada
Movements don't always end with a bang or a whimper. While it is tempting to call it an end when the peak of protest passes, Mildred Schwartz shows how social movements can continue to advance their struggle by becoming 'party movements' and seeking government office. The route through political institutions is not an easy one, and is marked with difficult dilemmas for activists. Schwartz shows how activists attempt to manage their ongoing campaigns, in and out of mainstream politics, over the long haul. Her account will be essential reading for people interested in parties or social movements, because she eliminates any facile distinctions between them.
Where do protest parties come from, and how do they fare over the longer term? Are these organizations closer to parties or social movements in character? Mildred Schwartz's study offers a fascinating comparative response to these questions, drawing in particular on American and Canadian examples.