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How do interest groups legitimate their policy advocacy? Reconsidering linkage and internal democracy in times of digital disruption

Fraussen, Bert; Halpin, Darren


The ongoing embrace of interest groups as agents capable of addressing democratic deficits in governing institutions is in large part because they are assumed to contribute democratic legitimacy to policy processes. Nonetheless, they face the challenge of legitimating their policy advocacy in democratic terms, clarifying what makes them legitimate partners in governance. In this article we suggest that digital innovations have disrupted the established mechanisms of legitimation. While the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Public Administration
DOI: 10.1111/padm.12364


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