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activism

active involvement as a member of a POLITICAL PARTY, PRESSURE GROUP, or related political organization, e.g. a ‘trades union activist’. Theories and research concerned with political activism suggest that the tendency is for activists generally to be of higher social status, more socially confident and often better informed than most nonactivists. Levels of political activism also vary according to political circumstances. For example, in times of political crisis many people may be drawn into politics who would not normally be politically active. Some theorists, especially in POLITICAL SCIENCE (e.g. LIPSET, 1959), have suggested that in Western societies, in such circumstances, high levels of political activity and less informed participants may pose a threat to the 'S tability of democracy’. More generally, however, increased participation in politics by members of lower status minority groups (e.g. new URBAN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS) is regarded as a favourable development. See also POLITICAL PARTICIPATION, OPINION LEADERS, TWOSTEP FLOW IN MASS COMMUNICATIONS, STABLE DEMOCRACY, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS.
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Over the last several years we are witnessing an increasing interest towards the use of digital technologies for activism.
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Buying Power takes on board all of the findings of this new research, synthesises it and contributes additional excellent archival work in offering an authoritative guide to all forms of consumer activism.
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LAHORE -- Former Supreme Court Bar Association president Hamid Khan defends judicial activism by saying the judiciary has to take the step to check transgression of state organs.
Participating in a panel discussion on the issue of Judicial Activism on the second day of the Karachi Literature Festival, Pakistan's well-known defence analyst, security expert and retired Pakistan Army officer Ikram Sehgal, said the country had seen a lot of judicial activism in the past few years as compared to the judicial restraint exercised before.