Publication
Title
Interest organizations across economic sectors : explaining interest group density in the European Union
Author
Abstract
The number of interest organizations (density) varies across policy domains, political issues and economic sectors. This shapes the nature and outcomes of interest representation. In this contribution, we explain the density of interest organizations per economic sector in the European Union on the basis of political and economic institutional factors. Focusing on business interest representation, we show that economic institutions structure the supply of interest organizations by affecting the number of potential constituents, the resources available for lobbying and the geographical level of collective action of businesses. In contrast, we do not find consistent evidence that political institutions produce demand for interest organizations by making laws, developing public policy or spending money. This is in contrast to the extensive evidence that such factors affect lobbying practices. The European Union interest system is (partially) shaped by economic factors, relatively independent from public policy or institutions
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of European public policy. - London
Publication
London : 2015
ISSN
1350-1763
Volume/pages
22:4(2015), p. 462-480
ISI
000350107500002
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UAntwerpen
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Subject
Law 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Creation 10.04.2015
Last edited 11.09.2017
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