Who's in and who's out? Explaining access to policymakers in BelgiumWho's in and who's out? Explaining access to policymakers in Belgium
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Antwerp Centre for Institutions and Multi-Level Politics (ACIM)
Acta politica : international journal of political science. - Meppel, 1965, currens
51(2016):2, p. 214-236
University of Antwerp
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.