Social change involves changing the existing standards of society. Movements for social change challenge the existing norms (a standard pattern of behaviour considered normal in a society) and agitate for the adoption of new norms. We must wake-up to the reality that whenever political positions provide the main livelihood for our politicians then their main focus all too often becomes securing election or re-election. The result is that our politicians rarely make decisions that are unpopular because to do so will threaten their future livelihood.
This reality means that the political process alone rarely results in the kind of significant change needed to address the most pressing problems within society. In most cases, the political pressure required to legislate to implement change is only mobilised following the intervention of an effective movement for social change.
Effective movements bring real change
We rely on developing effective movement for social change to secure any radical change in society. All the most fundamental changes in society have come about as a result of the work of social change movements, from the abolition of slavery and child labour through to the removal of poisonous lead from our petrol and disability rights , all came about as the result of the efforts of effective social movements. It’s reasonable to expect that the changes needed to our economic system, the reform of our democratic system and all our most damaging social ills will only happen when effective movements for social change take up these challenges.