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Political Consumerism captures the creative ways in which citizens, consumers, and political activists use the market as their arena for politics. This book theorizes, describes, analyzes, compares, and evaluates the phenomenon of political consumerism and how it attempts to use market choice to solve complex globalized problems. It investigates theoretically and empirically how and why consumers practice citizenship and have become important political actors. Dietlind Stolle and Michele Micheletti describe consumers' engagement as an example of individualized responsibility taking, examining how political consumerism nudges and pressures corporations to change their production practices, and how consumers emerge as a force in global affairs. Unlike other studies, it also evaluates if and how consumer actions become effective mechanisms of global change. Stolle and Micheletti offer a candid discussion of the limitations of political consumerism as a form of participation and as a problem-solving mechanism.Read more
- Provides a comprehensive comparative analysis of political consumerism
- Uses multiple unique empirical materials to study political consumerism theoretically and empirically at the individual, group and cross-national levels
- Introduces the concept of individualized responsibility-taking
- Winner of the 2014 CPSA Prize in Comparative Politics
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"Political Consumerism is well-argued, well-researched, and presents a good deal of original information. Engaging with the political science literature on governance and participation, it offers arguments for expanding conventional political science theory and concepts to better accommodate this growing pattern of contemporary politics. The idea that consumers are an increasingly important and organized political force on the planet seems at once obvious and woefully underdeveloped academically, particularly in political science. Dietlind Stolle and Michele Micheletti go a long way toward remedying this situation. This is a fine book."
W. Lance Bennett, Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication, and Professor of Political Science, University of Washington, SeattleSee more reviews
"Political consumerism has become a growing form of social and political activism in recent decades, and Dietlind Stolle and Michele Micheletti have produced the authoritative study of the use and impact of political consumerism in politics today. This book should be the standard citation in the growing debate about political consumerism and other new forms of citizen action."
Russell J. Dalton, University of California, Irvine
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- Date Published: October 2015
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107567290
- length: 382 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.51kg
- contains: 9 b/w illus. 20 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Reconfiguring political responsibility
2. Reconfiguring political participation
3. Who are political consumers?
4. Mapping political consumerism in Western democracies
5. The organizational setting for political consumerism
6. Discursive political consumerism
7. Does political consumerism matter? Effectiveness and limits of political consumer action repertoires
8. Political consumerism's scope and challenges.
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