Title
Who's in and who's out? Explaining access to policymakers in Belgium
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Meppel ,
Subject
Politics
Law
Source (journal)
Acta politica : international journal of political science. - Meppel, 1965, currens
Volume/pages
51(2016) :2 , p. 214-236
ISSN
0001-6810
ISI
000374765100005
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
In most political systems, the community of policy insiders represents a small subset of the total interest group population. Therefore, one key question is which factors explain why some mobilized interests become insiders and others remain outsiders. By contrasting a bottom-up registration of interest groups with a top-down census of all groups that enjoy access to policymakers, we present a unique approach to distinguish insiders from outsiders. This approach allows us to systematically analyze which factors such as resources, constituency, scale of organization and policy portfolio predict who becomes a policy insider. Our analysis focuses on interest group politics in Belgium, and shows that next to resources, the size of the membership, the scale of organization and a groups policy portfolio are strong predictors of the likelihood to gain access.
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