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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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Livestock department would keep close liaison with the trained activists and would continue to avail their services on different schemes or occasion, observed Dr Sabtain.
The research showed that stocks exhibiting the highest combined degree of improvement in ROIC and activist share ownership outperformed the broad market by a wide margin.
An increasing number of publicly active activists with ever-deeper pockets, combined with attractively priced corporates sitting on large cash piles, is leading to a perfect storm of shareholder activism activity in Europe, according to new research by Linklaters, the international law firm.
The second reason for activist focus on executive pay is its impact in either blocking or promoting management decision making.
A Mayor Anderson says the Love Activists are misdirecting their anger and that Liverpool's Labour council is implementing funding cuts imposed on it by David Cameron's Conservative government.
Rawlinson mentioned that there are a great deal of social and environmental activist campaigns, but he stated that it's the financial activist campaigns that are on the mind of general counsel and boards.
This has most recently been evident in the imprisonment of activist Ahmed Douma and over 200 others to life in prison for clashes in front of the cabinet in 2011.
Activists of the movement "We pay 100 drams" that marched to the building of the Ketron police department cannot
In the other five GCC states the statement said female activists were arrested, mistreated or unfairly sentenced to heavy jail terms for participating in peaceful protests.
In one of the videos uploaded by activists, some of the men appeared to have been shot in the forehead, face or neck.
The activists will hold a news conference tomorrow to explain their alternatives, she said.
The activists were allowed entry by the Jordanian side, however, they were told by the border crossing officials that they may not be allowed access into Israel.