Title

The Effects of Social Movements on Policy Change

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Kate Hildner

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Presentation

Abstract

Social movements are an important and visible part of the American government process. However, their impact on legislation is disputed among political scientists. A great amount of the research already conducted on this topic focuses on indirect impacts of social movements leaving their actual influence unclear. This project will examine the Women’s Rights Social Movement and their work on two important pieces of legislation presented to Congress, The Violence Against Women Act and the Equal Rights Amendment. Testimony given to congress in order to inform and persuade will be examined in order to determine whether the research and work done by the Women’s Rights movement had an effect on the outcomes of the legislation. Through in depth analysis of two monumental cases in women’s rights history this project will analyze whether testimony given by a social movement has an effect on the passing of legislation. This paper will seek to further the knowledge on the actual power of social movements and may contribute knowledge to the area of Political Science and to individuals involved in social movements about the most efficient way of influencing policy change.

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Social Sciences

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The Effects of Social Movements on Policy Change

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Social movements are an important and visible part of the American government process. However, their impact on legislation is disputed among political scientists. A great amount of the research already conducted on this topic focuses on indirect impacts of social movements leaving their actual influence unclear. This project will examine the Women’s Rights Social Movement and their work on two important pieces of legislation presented to Congress, The Violence Against Women Act and the Equal Rights Amendment. Testimony given to congress in order to inform and persuade will be examined in order to determine whether the research and work done by the Women’s Rights movement had an effect on the outcomes of the legislation. Through in depth analysis of two monumental cases in women’s rights history this project will analyze whether testimony given by a social movement has an effect on the passing of legislation. This paper will seek to further the knowledge on the actual power of social movements and may contribute knowledge to the area of Political Science and to individuals involved in social movements about the most efficient way of influencing policy change.