Title
Interest organizations across economic sectors : explaining interest group density in the European Union Interest organizations across economic sectors : explaining interest group density in the European Union
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Law
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Law
Source (journal)
Journal of European public policy. - London
Volume/pages
22(2015) :4 , p. 462-480
ISSN
1350-1763
ISI
000350107500002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
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
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