Title
Researching interest group politics in Europe and elsewhere: much we study, little we know?Researching interest group politics in Europe and elsewhere: much we study, little we know?
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Research group
Antwerp Centre for Institutions and Multi-Level Politics (ACIM)
Publication type
article
Publication
London,
Source (journal)
West European politics. - London, 1978, currens
Volume/pages
31(2008):6, p. 1103-1128
ISSN
0140-2382
1743-9655
ISI
000259979400002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
While understanding interest group systems remains crucial to understanding the functioning of advanced democracies, the study of interest groups remains a somewhat niche field within political science. Nevertheless, during the last 15 years, the academic interest in group politics has grown and we reflect on the state of the current literature. The main objective is to take stock, consider the main empirical and theoretical/conceptual achievements, but most importantly, to reflect upon potential fertile future research avenues. In our view interest group studies would be reinvigorated and would benefit from being reintegrated within the broader field of political science, and more particularly, the comparative study of government.
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