Transactional social movement

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The ideas that follow are inspired by the writings of Gene Sharp and their interpretation by Paul and Mark Engler.

A social movement (or group) doing transactional political work targets those who hold power. To effect the desired change, they adopt a monolithic view of power, or one which believes people are dependent on their ruler for support.

A transactional social movement uses instrumental demands, which are specific demands which are achievable given the immediate political landscape. Examples of instrumental demands might include, for example (and depending on the political landscape of the particular area), a 5% reduction in municipal emissions, achieving a 'diversity ratio' within a company (i.e. ____% of the companies executive staff is black) etc.

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