Institutional Dimensions of Social Movements: Case Study of the Sanitario Movement and its Fight for Universal Access to Health in Brazil

Date: Oct, 2011
ODID Working Paper No. 187
Author(s): Monika Dowbor (University of Sao Paulo)

How can we explain social movement's continuity despite the institutionalization of its mobilizations and organizations? This working paper seeks to solve this question that remains unanswered in the theory through a case study of the Brazilian sanitario movement that has fought for the universal access to health from the 1970. More specifically, it shows that the third face of institutionalization - social movement's articulations with the State - might be a source of its continuity. The first part of the paper engages with the theoretical propositions in the social movements theory and the empirical one highlights the institutional articulations during two sanitario movement's campaigns.

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