The Story of Collective Action: The Emergence of Ideological Leaders, Collective Action Network Leaders, and Cross-Sector Network Partners in Civil Society

Marya Doerfel, Maureen Taylor

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Abstract

Collective action and community ecology theories frame this study of longitudinal interorganizational networks in Croatia during the country's political transition. As time progresses toward political stability, grass-roots organizing activities shift through participation in new networks. Although engaged cross-sector communication was important in early stages of the transformation, homophilous partnering emerged as the system stabilized. System stability left room for organizations to exit the collective action network but with costs associated with centralized organizing. Over time, organizations embodied roles as ideological leaders, collective action network leaders, and within-sector network partners. We offer a unique contribution to community ecology and collective action theories with a communication-centered framework that emphasizes the nature of communication in interorganizational networks over a 4-year period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)920-943
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Communication
Volume67
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

Keywords

  • Civil Society
  • Collective Action
  • Community Ecology
  • Cross-Sector Partnerships
  • Equivocality
  • Interorganizational Communication
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Reputation
  • Social Networks

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