Classic Case - Freezing the Arms Race: The Campaign in Washington

Freezing the Arms Race: The Campaign in Washington


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  • Product Description

    This two-part case examines Randall Forsberg's role in the evolution of the grassroots nuclear freeze movement. The first part ("Genesis of a Mass Movement") offers background on post-WWII arms issues and on the growth of the peace movement during and after Vietnam, and then traces the origins of the freeze movement, focusing particularly on how various splinter peace groups were reconciled and molded into a national coalition. The second part of the case (The Campaign in Washington) follows the freeze movement into mainstream Washington politics and chronicles its initial stunning success and eventual slowdown. The case supplement offers statistics on American public opinion on nuclear issues. The addendum to the case is a glossary of organizations active in the freeze campaign and the anti-nuclear movement.

    Learning Objective:
    This case demonstrates how seemingly powerless citizens can use grassroots organizing to influence the political system. Forsberg's coalition strategy emphasized the importance of presenting a united front and a simple, central theme. The group's foray into Washington politics shows how political "outsiders" can and cannot pressure the Washington political establishment.

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    Publication Date: January 01, 1983
    HKS Case Number: 558.0
    Case Author: Robert Leavit
    Faculty Lead: Gary Orren
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 6
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 1-15
    _geography: US & Canada
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