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The Micro and Meso Levels of Activism

A Comparative Case Study of Attac France and Attac Germany


Part of the Interest Groups, Advocacy and Democracy Series book series (IGAD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Daniel Stockemer
    Pages 1-13
  3. Daniel Stockemer
    Pages 33-49
  4. Daniel Stockemer
    Pages 50-76
  5. Daniel Stockemer
    Pages 77-99
  6. Daniel Stockemer
    Pages 100-117
  7. Daniel Stockemer
    Pages 118-140
  8. Daniel Stockemer
    Pages 141-149
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 150-226

About this book


Focusing on the Attac movements in France and Germany, this book seeks to explain the dramatic differences that exist between the individual and organisational levels of activism. The author derives engagement patterns for various types of activists and develops a typology of social movement organisations positing possible trends in membership.


Engagement Germany globalization methods organization

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Political StudiesUniversity of OttawaCanada

About the authors

Daniel Stockemer is an Assistant Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Daniel is interested in questions of political participation and representation. Among others, his work has appeared in European Union Politics, Electoral Studies and the International Political Science Review.

Bibliographic information


An interesting comparative study. Playing with the interaction of individual motives and organizational appeals, the author accounts for the diverging trajectories of the branches of Attac in Germany and France. Applying and testing a motivational model he develops a dynamical approach to protest participation.

Bert Klandermans, Faculty of Social Sciences, Vrije University Amsterdam, Netherlands

Why do people join, participate in, and leave social movement organizations (SMOs)? What can explain these organizations' diverse trajectories? Daniel Stockemer analyzes these theoretical issues by comparing the French and German branches of ATTAC, the influential spearhead of the alter-globalization movement. His nuanced account cogently demonstrates the value of integrating theoretical analyses of collective action with an empirical focus on the dynamics of SMOs.

Mark Kesselman, Professor Emeritus of Government, Department of Politics, Columbia University, USA.