How Change Happens

Hardcover | October 19, 2016

byDuncan Green

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Human society is full of would-be "change agents", a restless mix of campaigners, lobbyists, and officials, both individuals and organizations, set on transforming the world. They want to improve public services, reform laws and regulations, guarantee human rights, get a fairer deal for thoseon the sharp end, achieve greater recognition for any number of issues, or simply be treated with respect. Striking then, that not many universities have a Department of Change Studies, to which social activists can turn for advice and inspiration. Instead, scholarly discussions of change are fragmented with few conversations crossing disciplinary boundaries, rarely making it onto the radars of thoseactively seeking change. This book bridges the gap between academia and practice, bringing together the best research from a range of academic disciplines and the evolving practical understanding of activists to explore the topic of social and political change. Drawing on many first-hand examples from the global experienceof Oxfam, one of the world's largest social justice NGOs, as well as the author's insights from studying and working on international development, it tests ideas on How Change Happens and offers the latest thinking on what works to achieve progressive change.

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Human society is full of would-be "change agents", a restless mix of campaigners, lobbyists, and officials, both individuals and organizations, set on transforming the world. They want to improve public services, reform laws and regulations, guarantee human rights, get a fairer deal for thoseon the sharp end, achieve greater recognitio...

Duncan Green is Oxfam GB's Senior Strategic Adviser. He also teaches on international development at the London School of Economics, where he is a Professor in Practice. His blog is one of the most widely read on international development, and is named after his book From Poverty to Power (2nd ed., 2012). How Change Happens contains th...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:October 19, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198785399

ISBN - 13:9780198785392

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Table of Contents

Ha-Joon Chang: ForewordIntroductionPart 1. A Power and Systems Approach1. Systems Thinking Changes Everything2. Power Lies at the Heart of Change3. Shifts in Social Norms often Underpin ChangeCase Study: The Chiquitanos of BoliviaPart 2. Institutions and the Importance of HistoryIntroduction to Section 24. How States Evolve5. The Machinery of Law6. Accountability, Political Parties,and the Media7. How the International System Shapes Change8. Transnational Corporations as Drivers and Targets of ChangeCase Study: The December 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate ChangePart 3. ActivistsIntroduction to Section 39. Citizen Activism and Civil Society10. Leaders and leadership11. The Power of Advocacy12. A Power and Systems Approach to Making Change HappenIn Conclusion