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Networks Dynamics of Grassroot activism : The Case of "Cities for CEDAW" in the United States

Ernst, S.K. (2022) Networks Dynamics of Grassroot activism : The Case of "Cities for CEDAW" in the United States.

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Abstract:This thesis aims at answering the question of how the network “Cities for CEDAW” developed over time. Further, it aims at elaborating on the adoption process within the examined cases, so as to see the development of the network into a collective action policy network within the cities. The adoption and policy diffusion process in the grass-root networks as well as the different elements that play a role in this process will be discussed. For that, the author chooses to conduct interviews as well as collect quantitative data from member cities. As hypothesized, the adoption of CEDAW legislature in the distinct cities/counties is influenced by similar cities/counties that locally adopted CEDAW legislature beforehand. During that process challenges, such as education on the matter of CEDAW, as well as structural challenges, such as the C4C network being informal and the participating grass-root movements being on a volunteer basis, were identified. Therefore, contributing to the movement can be a challenge in reaching the goal. Last, the thesis sees the issue of women’s rights and gender equity as pressing, as the current situation in the U.S. did not adopt the federal CEDAW legislature nor ERA (Equal Rights Amendment). Therefore, this thesis showcases how the local adoption of CEDAW can be a way to further the conversation around local gender equality.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:10 humanities in general, 70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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