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New PDF release: Activism, Inc.: How the Outsourcing of Grassroots Campaigns

By Dana Fisher

Activism, Inc. introduces the USA to an more and more standard political actor: the canvasser. She's the twenty-something with the clipboard, preventing you in the street or knocking in your door, the foot soldier of political campaigns.

Granted exceptional entry to the "People's Project," an unknown but influential association riding left-leaning grassroots politics, Dana Fisher tells the real tale of outsourcing politics in the USA. just like the significant businesses that outsourced their customer support to businesses in a foreign country, the grassroots campaigns of nationwide revolutionary movements—including Greenpeace, the Sierra membership, store the kids, and the Human Rights Campaign—have been outsourced at assorted instances to this unmarried association. throughout the 2004 presidential crusade, the Democratic get together the same outsourcing version for his or her canvassing.

Fisher examines the historical past and reason in the back of political outsourcing at the Left, weaving jointly frank interviews with canvassers, high-ranking political officers around the political spectrum, and People's venture administration. She compares all of this to the grassroots efforts at the correct, which stay firmly grounded in groups and native politics.

This booklet deals a chilling evaluate of the implications of political outsourcing. Connecting area people at the streets all through the United States to the nationwide corporations and political campaigns that make up innovative politics, it indicates what occurs to the passionate younger activists outsourced to the consumers of Activism, Inc.

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