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By Edward T. Walker

even if 'grassroots' evokes photos of self sustaining citizen organizing, a lot mass participation at the present time is backed via elite specialists operating for companies and robust curiosity teams. This e-book pulls again the curtain to bare a profitable of consulting corporations that incentivize public activism as a marketable carrier. Edward Walker illustrates how, spurred through the post-sixties advocacy explosion and emerging company political engagement, elite specialists have deployed new applied sciences to commercialize mass participation. utilizing facts from interviews, surveys and public files, Grassroots for rent paints an in depth portrait of those experts and their consumers. at the present time, Fortune 500 organizations rent them to counter-mobilize opposed to rules, protest or controversy. mockingly, a few advocacy teams now outsource organizing to them. Walker additionally reveals that experts are reshaping either participation and policymaking, yet unethical 'astroturf' options are usually useless. This pathbreaking e-book demands a rethinking of interactions among businesses, advocacy teams, and elites in politics.

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