Why the Occupy Movement Failed
Public Administration Review, Vol. 72, p. 754, 2012
26 Pages Posted: 27 May 2012 Last revised: 19 May 2017
Date Written: May 26, 2012
The Occupy movement that began in New York City in September 2011 has been celebrated as one that "changed America." Early assessments about the movement's impact are overstated. The movement was limited by an organizing philosophy that impaired its ability to articulate demands, build alliances and control militant elements. These problems were not unique to the Occupy movement. This experience is illustrative of larger difficulties in organizing protest against the long-term consequences of neoliberal economic reforms.
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