We explore the simultaneous influence of activist organizations and corporations on institutional change. Focusing on protests, campaign contributions, and lobbyists as the strategies used by activist organizations and corporations to influence institutional change, we study the dynamics between movements and counter-movements and their influence on the probability of institutional change. In the context of the US tobacco industry, the results shed light on the effectiveness of these strategies and uncover potential moderators of this relationship. Overall, we demonstrate the simultaneous and asymmetric effects of activist organizations and corporations that use conspicuous and inconspicuous strategies to change institutions.

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Research in the Sociology of Organizations
Department of Organisation and Personnel Management

Aranda, A., & Simons, T. (2018). On two sides of the smoke screen: How activist organizations and corporations use protests, campaign contributions and lobbyists to influence institutional change. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 56, 261–315. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/120720