Social change involves changing the existing norms of society (a standard pattern of behaviour considered normal in a society). Movements for social change challenge existing norms and agitate for the adoption of new norms. We must wake-up to the reality that whenever political appointments provide the main livelihood for our politicians their main motivation becomes securing re-election. This means that our politicians rarely make decisions that are unpopular because this threatens their livelihood; this fact means that the political process alone rarely results in the kind of significant change needed to address the most pressing problems within society.
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 movement for social change take up these challenges.