Interest Groups and Social Movements

Further Readings

Olson Jr., M. (1965).The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of GroupsCambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. A book mentioned in this chapter, it briefly discusses the differences in organizational behavior between small and large organizations and groups.

Smith, M., ed. (2014).Group Politics and Social Movements in Canada, 2e.Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press. This is an updated book on the accounts of social movements in Canada (such as the Occupy Movement, feminism, LGBTQ2+ rights, and others).It also provides information on factors that contribute toward the successes and failures of these movements.

Staggenborg, S. & Ramos, H. (2011).Social Movements. Toronto, ON: Oxford University Press. This is an insightful introductory book on the history of social movements in Canada, as well as a comparative perspective on international movements.

Brym, R., Ramos, H., & Wood, L.J., eds. (2019).The Future of Social Movements in Canada: Proceedings of the Fourth S.D. Clark Symposium on the Future of Canadian Society. Oakville, ON: Rock’s Mill Press. In this fourth volume of proceedings from the S.D. Clark’s Symposium series, the editors and contributors discuss how social movements are shaping activism and social mobilization in Canada and the United States.

Ross, S., Savage, L., Black, E., & Silver, J., eds. (2015).Building a Better World: An Introduction to the Labour Movement in Canada.Winnipeg, MA: Fernwood Books Ltd. This book discusses the historical origins of the labour movements in Canada, specifically by analyzing the structure and organization of unions as well as issues relating to union workers and grievances.

Pross, A.P. & Shepherd, R.P. (2017). “Innovation diffusion and networking: Canada’s evolving approach to lobbying regulation,” Canadian Public Administration, vol. 60: pp. 153-172. Even though lobbying is a democratic right in Canada, it is regulated by the federal government. This article discusses the different ways lobbying registration has evolved in Canada.

Smith, M. (2014).Group Politics and Social Movements in Canada, 2e.Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press. This second edition textbook includes updates on social movement activity in Canada with focus on the Occupy Movement, LGBTQ2+ rights and movements, feminist organization, anti-poverty, and environmental groups.

Recommended Websites MADD Canada is a very successful interest group against drunk driving in Canada. This interest group promotes human rights initiatives for the LGBTQ2+ community. This official website of a citizen’s advocacy group deals with taxes and government accountability. One of the largest interest groups in Canada, the Canadian Labour Congress oversees national and international unions and labour councils. This if the official website for one of Canada’s largest grassroots social movements.  This website provides an example of a think tank in Canada.  This is the official website of the Federal Commissioner of Lobbying in Canada.

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