Explaining Interest Group Density Across Economic Sectors: Evidence from Germany.

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    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      economic interest representation
      Germany
      interest groups
      lobbying
    • NAICS/Industry Codes:
      541820 Public Relations Agencies
      813319 Other Social Advocacy Organizations
      813312 Environment, Conservation and Wildlife Organizations
      813310 Social advocacy organizations
      813311 Human Rights Organizations
    • Abstract:
      Why does the number of interest groups vary across economic sectors? Interest groups are an important channel through which companies can transmit their policy preferences to decision-makers. However, empirical research shows that the number of interest groups varies considerably across sectors. We argue that the size and the wealth of the potential constituency as well as government activity positively affect interest group density. We test our theoretical expectations based on an unprecedented longitudinal analysis of interest groups that registered at the German Bundestag from 1978 until 2013 and show that the number of firms, the wealth of an economic sector, and government activity positively influence interest group density. However, we also find that the relationship between interest groups and legislative activity is reciprocal as legislative activity positively impacts the number of interest groups in an economic sector, but at the same time interest group density also positively affects legislative activity. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1Department of Social Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany
    • Full Text Word Count:
      9007
    • ISSN:
      0032-3217
    • Accession Number:
      10.1177/0032321718774685
    • Accession Number:
      135864177
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      KLÜVER, H.; ZEIDLER, E. Explaining Interest Group Density Across Economic Sectors: Evidence from Germany. Political Studies, [s. l.], v. 67, n. 2, p. 459–478, 2019. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 17 nov. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Klüver H, Zeidler E. Explaining Interest Group Density Across Economic Sectors: Evidence from Germany. Political Studies. 2019;67(2):459-478. doi:10.1177/0032321718774685.
    • APA:
      Klüver, H., & Zeidler, E. (2019). Explaining Interest Group Density Across Economic Sectors: Evidence from Germany. Political Studies, 67(2), 459–478. https://doi.org/10.1177/0032321718774685
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Klüver, Heike, and Elisabeth Zeidler. 2019. “Explaining Interest Group Density Across Economic Sectors: Evidence from Germany.” Political Studies 67 (2): 459–78. doi:10.1177/0032321718774685.
    • Harvard:
      Klüver, H. and Zeidler, E. (2019) ‘Explaining Interest Group Density Across Economic Sectors: Evidence from Germany’, Political Studies, 67(2), pp. 459–478. doi: 10.1177/0032321718774685.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Klüver, H & Zeidler, E 2019, ‘Explaining Interest Group Density Across Economic Sectors: Evidence from Germany’, Political Studies, vol. 67, no. 2, pp. 459–478, viewed 17 November 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Klüver, Heike, and Elisabeth Zeidler. “Explaining Interest Group Density Across Economic Sectors: Evidence from Germany.” Political Studies, vol. 67, no. 2, May 2019, pp. 459–478. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1177/0032321718774685.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Klüver, Heike, and Elisabeth Zeidler. “Explaining Interest Group Density Across Economic Sectors: Evidence from Germany.” Political Studies 67, no. 2 (May 2019): 459–78. doi:10.1177/0032321718774685.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Klüver H, Zeidler E. Explaining Interest Group Density Across Economic Sectors: Evidence from Germany. Political Studies [Internet]. 2019 May [cited 2019 Nov 17];67(2):459–78. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=135864177&custid=s8280428