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Protest Politics in the MarketplaceConsumer Activism in the Corporate Age$
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Caroline Heldman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501709203

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501709203.001.0001

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Throwing Stones at Goliath

Throwing Stones at Goliath

(p.216) Conclusion Throwing Stones at Goliath
Protest Politics in the Marketplace

Caroline Heldman

Cornell University Press

This closing chapter summarizes the major findings of the book. The U.S. is currently experiencing a democratic deficit due to overbearing corporate influence in politics, but the advent of social media facilitates higher rates of consumer activism that curb corporate power. Consumer activism has become a central form of political participation in the U.S., one with significant, mostly positive, democratic implications.

Keywords:   consumer activism, democratic deficit, democracy, corporate influence, social media, political participation

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