This research was supported in part by the National Science Foundation (grant # SES-0201992), the Nonprofit Sector Research Fund of the Aspen Institute (grant # 2003-NSRF-07) and the Pennsylvania State University. The author would like to thank John McCarthy, Jennifer Schwartz, Nella Van Dyke and three anonymous Rural Sociology reviewers for comments and suggestions on earlier versions of this paper. Please direct correspondence to: Erik Johnson, Washington State University, Department of Sociology, PO Box 644020, Pullman, WA 99163.
Changing Issue Representation among Major United States Environmental Movement Organizations*
Article first published online: 22 OCT 2009
2006 Rural Sociological Society
Volume 71, Issue 1, pages 132–154, March 2006
How to Cite
Johnson, E. (2006), Changing Issue Representation among Major United States Environmental Movement Organizations. Rural Sociology, 71: 132–154. doi: 10.1526/003601106777789800
- Issue published online: 22 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 22 OCT 2009
Abstract Histories of the environmental movement have emphasized the importance of a shift in focus from those issues traditionally associated with the movement, such as resource and wildlife protection, towards “new” quality of life issues, such as environmental pollution and its human health effects. Here, time-series data between 1970 and 2000 on the issue agendas of fifty leading environmental movement organizations (EMOs) are used to empirically assess the veracity of this hypothesized shift. Results indicate that while there is dramatic growth in the salience of new environmental issues, those issues traditionally associated with the environmental movement continue to dominate the collective agendas of major EMOs. Further, new environmental issues are most likely to be represented in organizational fields composed of smaller EMOs on average.