Publication
Title
Who's in and who's out? Explaining access to policymakers in Belgium
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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.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Acta politica : international journal of political science. - Meppel, 1965, currens
Publication
Meppel : 2016
ISSN
0001-6810 [print]
1741-1416 [online]
Volume/pages
51:2(2016), p. 214-236
ISI
000374765100005
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UAntwerpen
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Publication type
Subject
Law 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
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Creation 08.06.2015
Last edited 25.04.2017
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