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Blind spots in agri-environmental governance: some reflections and suggestions from Switzerland

Forney, Jérémie

In: Review of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Studies, 2016, vol. 97, no. 1, p. 1

Malgré une écologisation des politiques et des marchés, la production de notre alimentation continue de contribuer significativement à la détérioration de l’environnement. Cet article veut explorer les causes socio-culturelles de cet échec (partiel) de la gouvernance agro-environnementale (AEG). Un premier constat émerge de la littérature : la recherche sur l’AEG est généralement...

Accès public à partir du 1 janv. 2019
Université de Neuchâtel

The Land of Opportunities? : Social Movement Studies in Switzerland

Balsiger, Philip

In: Social Movement Studies in Europe : The State of the Art, 2016, p. 288-302

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Embedding "political consumerism" : a conceptual critique

Balsiger, Philip

(EUI Working Papers ; 08)

This paper develops a theoretically and empirically founded critique of the concept of political consumerism. In the course of the last decade, political consumerism was “discovered” as a new form of political participation, revealing the politics behind products. Surveys show that individuals more and more often use their consumption to voice political concerns, boycotting products or...

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Making Political Consumers: The Tactical Action Repertoire of a Campaign for Clean Clothes

Balsiger, Philip

In: Social Movement Studies, 2010, vol. 9, no. 3, p. 311-329

Several recent studies have shown an increase in political consumerism (boycott and buycott) and a tendency towards a new ‘politics in the supermarket’. These developments are usually seen as a transformation of forms of political action towards more individualized participation forms. Little attention has focused on the role of social movement activity in this transformation. In this...

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Managing Protest: The Political Action Repertoires of Corporations

Balsiger, Philip

In: The Oxford Handbook of Social Movements, 2014, p. 1-11

This chapter analyzes the political action repertoire corporations use to respond to and manage protest. It first offers a typology of the different strategic orientations corporate responses can take: avoidance, acquiescence, compromise, sidestepping, confrontation, and prevention. Building on examples from different case studies, it illustrates the variety of tactics that can be used within...

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Explaining Dynamic Strategies for Defending Company Legitimacy : The Changing Outcomes of Anti-Sweatshop Campaigns in France and Switzerland

Balsiger, Philip

In: Business & Society, 2015, p. 1-30

This article analyzes and compares the dynamically changing outcomes of anti-sweatshop campaigns in France and Switzerland through a qualitative comparative case study using interviews and analysis of firsthand and secondary data. In both countries, some targeted firms made early concessions and later withdrew from those concessions. To explain these changing outcomes over time, the article...

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Corporations as Players and Arenas

Balsiger, Philip

In: Players and Arenas : The Interactive Dynamics of Protest, 2015, p. 119-140

Accès public à partir du 7 févr. 2019
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Family, Boundaries and Transformation. The International Mobility of Professionals and Their Families

Cangia, Flavia ; Levitan, Déborah ; Zittoun, Tania

In: Migration Letters, 2018, vol. 15, no. 1, p. 17-31

Two dominant images of migrant professionals, also known as “expats”, have long been common, in the social sciences: on the one hand, they were described as super-mobile individuals, who easily move between places with no time frame in mind, with the openness to engage with diversity; on the other hand, more recent studies challenged the idea of “expat” cosmopolitanism, and investigated...