The Domestic Determinants of Transnational Activity: An Examination of Women's Groups in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany

Lori Poloni-Staudinger, Candice Ortbals

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We examine the degree to which national political setting, namely domestic political opportunity structures, influences the transnational activities of women's groups in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. The literature suggests that social groups are more likely to choose international activity when national institutions provide fewer opportunities for domestic activity (Keck and Sikkink 1998; della Porta and Tarrow 2005). Using data about women's groups' activity from a content analysis of news wires from 1980 to 2008, we conclude that women's groups act in the domestic sphere significantly more than they act in the international arena-even when acting on transnational issues-and that groups choose international action when domestic opportunities are less hospitable to group action. Thus, we argue that the domestic sphere continues to be a major influence on social movement activity even as globalization and transnationalism increase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-78
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Studies Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Sociology and Political Science

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