William A. Gamson
Gamson is the author of numerous books and articles on political discourse, the mass-media and social movements from as early as the 1960s. His works include The Strategy of Social Protest, WHAT'S NEWS (1984), and Talking Politics (2002), as well as numerous editions of SimSoc.
Gamson was the 85th president of the American Sociological Association in 1994. He is also a 1978 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 1962, he won the AAAS Prize for Behavioral Science Research.
Gamson's Law of Proportionality or simply Gamson's Law was suggested by Eric C. Browne and Mark N. Franklin in 1971. They demonstrated that there is proportionality between the numerical representation of each political force in a government and their number of seats in the parliament. It was based on the idea that each actor in government expects a payoff proportional to the weight that it contributes to the coalition, that had been proposed in the paper A theory of coalition formation, published in 1961 by William Gamson.
- "Reports of the President and of the Treasurer". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (via Google Books). 1978. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
- "William Gamson's Homepage". Boston College. Archived from the original on 2010-10-29. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
- The Strategy of Social Protest ISBN 0-534-12078-4
- WHAT'S NEWS (1984) ISBN 0-02-911110-2
- Talking Politics (2002) ISBN 0-521-43679-6
- SimSoc 5th edition (2000) ISBN 0-684-87140-8
- "Presidents: William A. Gamson". American Sociological Association. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
- "1978 Foundation Program Areas". John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
- History & Archives: AAAS Prize for Behavioral Science Research
- JSTOR 1958776
- "Party Size and Portfolio Payoffs. A Study of the Mechanism Underlying Gamson’s Law of Proportionality".
- JSTOR 2090664
- Web page at Boston College
- Movement/Media Research Action Project
- Gamson elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- Work lead to the rise of fantasy sports
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