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Eduardo Silva's book on transnational activism and national movements published

April 23rd, 2013

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research are proud to announce the publication of Professor Eduardo Silva’s new book: Transnational Activism and National Movements in Latin America: Bridging the Divide. The book is a product of the workshop Bridging the Divide: Transnational Activism and National Movements that took place on April 11 and 12 of 2011.

During the 1990s, as widespread perception spread of declining state sovereignty, activists and social movement organizations began to form transnational networks and coalitions to pressure both intergovernmental organizations and national governments on a variety of issues. Research has focused on the formation of these transnational networks, campaigns, and coalitions; their objectives, strategies and tactics; and their impact. Yet the issue of how participation in transnational networks influences national level mobilization has been little analyzed. What effects has the experience of social movement organizations at the transnational scale had for their development at the national scale?

Bridging the Divide addresses this significant gap in the literature on transnational collective action by building on approaches that stress the multi-level characteristics of transnational relations. It focuses on four distinct themes to which the empirical chapters contribute: Building a Transnational Relations Approach to Multi-Level Interaction; Transnational Relations and Left Governments; North-South and South-South Linkages; and The “Normalization” of Labor. The volume adds considerably to our knowledge of the ways in which transnational and national factors dynamically interact in Latin America. Additionally, the mid-range theorizing of the empirical chapters, along with the mix of positive and negative cases, raises new hypotheses and questions for further study.