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Book Reviews : Sidney Tarrow: Power in Movement. Social Movements, Collective Action and Politics. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994

Book Reviews : Sidney Tarrow: Power in Movement. Social Movements, Collective Action and Politics. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994

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Book ReviewsSidney Tarrow: Power in Movement. Social Movements, Collective Action and Politics. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994 SAGE Publications, Inc.1995DOI: 10.1177/000169939503800305 Donnatella della Porta University of Florence A few decades ago, any review of the literature on social movements usually began with a complaint about the lack of resonance of the theme in mainstream sociology and political science. Since the 1970s, the amount of sociological research on the various types of movements has grown considerably : nowadays, social movement studies represent an established field, with its specialized journals and wide networks of scholars. The development has been somewhat slower in political science, traditionally focused on institutions and institutional actors. Also in this field, however, a series of studies on the relationship between social movements and their political environment emerged in Europe and the United States in the 1980s. Sidney Tarrow was one of the first political scientists to recognize, in his seminal work on protest cycles and reform in Italy, the relevance of social movements as political actors. In this important new book, Sidney Tarrow develops some of the hypotheses elaborated in his earlier research, confronting them with the most important social science literature in
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