How Change Happens

ISBN : 9780198825166

Duncan Green
288 Pages
136 x 216 mm
Pub date
May 2018
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This book explains how social and political change happen, and how to influence it. It 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 experience of Oxfam, one of the world's largest social justice NGOs, as well as the author's extensive study and work on international development, it tests ideas on 'How Change Happens' and sets out the latest thinking on what works to achieve progressive change.


Ha-Joon Chang: Foreword
Part I: A Power and Systems Approach
1 Systems Thinking Changes Everything
2 Power Lies at the Heart of Change
3 Shifts in Social Norms often Underpin Change
Case Study: The Chiquitanos of Bolivia
Part II: Institutions and the Importance of History
4 How States Evolve
5 The Machinery of Law
6 Accountability, Political Parties, and the Media
7 How the International System Shapes Change
8 Transnational Transnational Corporations as Drivers and Targets of Change
Case Study: The December 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change
Part III: What Activists Can (and Can't) Do
9 Citizen Activism and Civil Society
10 Leaders and Leadership
11 The Power of Advocacy
Part IV: Pulling it All Together
12 A Power and Systems Approach to Making Change Happen

About the author: 

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 the accumulated experience of years spent engaged in the field, researching and writing about reducing poverty and combating injustice and, as the author says, trying to, do justice to the complexity of the world, while still believing there is a story about how it can be changed for the better.

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