The events surrounding the recent closure of a Renault automotive factory in Belgium suggest the emergence of a European realm of social movement activity. Increasingly, domestic actors engage not only nation states, but also participate in coordinated cross–national activity, and target the institutions and policies of both international governments and multi–national corporations. We sketch the dimensions of this European realm of social movement activity, and outline our efforts to set the Renault case – and other recent examples of transnational movement activity – into a longitudinal and cross–national context, drawing from machine coded, media–generated events data.
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Working Paper 97–10, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 1997.