Author: Matthew Baggetta

Simeon Booker on Choosing Tactics

If you’re teaching an undergraduate class about the Civil Rights Movement and want to provide a bite-sized example of a movement leader choosing between “insider” and “outsider” tactics, here’s a nice one. NPR’s Karen Grigsby Bates interviews Simeon Booker, the … Continue reading

LEADING TEAMS (or, How Social Movement Leaders Are Like Flight Attendants, Semiconductor Manufacturers, and Second Violinists)

By Matthew Baggetta It is increasingly common for social movement scholars to bemoan the lack of theory and research on leadership in social movements. There’s a good reason for this: there’s not enough out there. We know a bit about … Continue reading

This is What Democracy [codes] Like

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will be holding a major summit in Chicago later this month. Where NATO goes, protest follows, and federal and city officials are apparently preparing for it. But they aren’t the only ones. Social movement … Continue reading

The Benefits of Losing

Several weeks ago, I wrote a post about the potential de facto shuttering of the National Labor Relations Board. I suggested that, while an effectively powerless NLRB might be very bad for unions in the short run, that institutional change … Continue reading