Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Reader 1

Lily Geismer

Reader 2

Eric Helland

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This thesis seeks to prove whether or not Alinsky-style community organizations are effective in creating long-term policy in the modern age. The thesis starts with a literature review of previous research on Alinsky. Chapter one then takes a deep dive in the philosophy and background into the life of Saul Alinsky. It next discusses One LA and ONE Northside. Each organization’s goals and endeavors are analyzed, making claims on whether the organizations are indeed effective in creating long-term policy. It then discusses characteristics of modern Alinsky style organizations and what is perceived to be Alinsky’s most useful lessons in the 21st century socio-political climate. I will conclude with the implications of Alinsky’s methods and where future research can continue to build on the work of this thesis.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.