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Explaining breadth of policy engagement: Patterns of interest group mobilization in public policy

Halpin, Darren; Binderkrantz, Anne S.

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How broad do groups spread their engagement across the spectrum of public policy issues? The orthodoxy for some time has been that groups tend to focus their engagement rather narrowly. Some suggest that groups shy away from competition and pursue niche-seeking behaviour. Others argue that resource limitations constrain both the monitoring behaviour of groups and the extent to which groups can engage in policy influence activity. While there is some consensus that groups tend to specialize,...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorHalpin, Darren
dc.contributor.authorBinderkrantz, Anne S.
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:41:26Z
dc.identifier.issn1350-1763
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/78501
dc.description.abstractHow broad do groups spread their engagement across the spectrum of public policy issues? The orthodoxy for some time has been that groups tend to focus their engagement rather narrowly. Some suggest that groups shy away from competition and pursue niche-seeking behaviour. Others argue that resource limitations constrain both the monitoring behaviour of groups and the extent to which groups can engage in policy influence activity. While there is some consensus that groups tend to specialize, there is not a great deal of work that seeks to explain it. To date this question has tended to be explored using survey data alone, which provides generalized findings about 'interest' in policy areas. In this article we go one step further. By linking detailed survey data with the actual policy activity data of interest groups, we investigate the factors that shape the breadth of engagement by interest groups.
dc.publisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
dc.sourceJournal of European Public Policy
dc.subjectKeywords: Interest group; Issue specialization; Mobilization
dc.titleExplaining breadth of policy engagement: Patterns of interest group mobilization in public policy
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume18
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor160603 - Comparative Government and Politics
local.identifier.ariespublicationf5625xPUB7135
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationHalpin, Darren, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBinderkrantz, Anne S., University of Aarhus
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage201
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage219
local.identifier.doi10.1080/13501763.2011.544499
local.identifier.absseo949999 - Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T09:33:10Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-79951794483
local.identifier.thomsonID000287501700004
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