Publication
Title
The driving forces of stability : exploring the nature of long-term bureaucracy-interest group interactions
Author
Abstract
This article explores the nature of long-term interactions between bureaucrats and interest groups by examining two behavioral logics associated with stability in public policy making. In addition to the implicit short-term strategic choices that usually feature in resource-exchange explanations of interest group access to policy makers, this article shows that bureaucracy-interest group interactions are likely to be dictated by routine behavior and anticipating future consequences as well. By drawing on survey and face-to-face interview data of Dutch senior civil servants and interest groups, the analyses reveal that a practice of regular consultations, the need for political support, and a perceived influential position together explain why bureaucrats maintain interactions with interest groups. The combination of these behavioral logics adds important explanatory leverage to existing resource-exchange explanations and shows that organizational processes as well as long-term strategic considerations should be taken into account to fully explain bureaucracy-interest group interactions.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Administration and society. - Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : 2013
ISSN
0095-3997
Volume/pages
45:7(2013), p. 809-836
ISI
000325154300002
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UAntwerpen
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Research group
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Subject
Law 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Web of Science
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Creation 22.01.2013
Last edited 03.11.2017
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