bottom-up surge



Could someone help me with that word "a bottom-up surge"? It comes from an article about Howard Dean, the American politician.

Context: "Dean's bid for the Democratic nomination is more than just an electoral campaign. It has all the attributes of a movement- a bottom-up surge of likeminded, motivated people who have discovered they all have something in common and now mobilising in order to act on it."

Thanks for your help
  • la grive solitaire

    Senior Member
    United States, English
    bottom-up surge refers to the new organizing force within the campaign that is coming from the "bottom up" (from ordinary people: "likeminded, motivated people") rather than from the "top down" (political campaign organizers). It's an example of a grass-roots movement (un mouvement de base)
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