Title
The driving forces of stability : exploring the nature of long-term bureaucracy-interest group interactions The driving forces of stability : exploring the nature of long-term bureaucracy-interest group interactions
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Thousand Oaks, Calif. ,
Subject
Economics
Law
Source (journal)
Administration and society. - Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Volume/pages
45(2013) :7 , p. 809-836
ISSN
0095-3997
0095-3997
ISI
000325154300002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
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.
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