Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2020

Publication Title

Contention

Volume

8

Issue

2

Pages

21–52

Publisher Name

Berghahn Books

Abstract

Political opportunity structure (POS) refers to how the larger social context, such as repression, shapes a social movement's chances of success. Most work on POS looks at how movements deal with the political opportunities enabling and/or constraining them. This article looks at how one group of social movement actors operating in a more open POS alters the POS for a different group of actors in a more repressive environment through a chain of indirect leverage—how United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) uses the more open POS on college campuses to create new opportunities for workers in sweatshop factories. USAS exerts direct leverage over college administrators through protests, pushing them to exert leverage over major apparel companies through the licensing agreements schools have with these companies.

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Author Posting © Contention, 2020. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of Contention for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Contention, Volume 8, Issue 2, December 2020. https://doi.org/10.3167/cont.2020.080203

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