Who's in and who's out? Explaining access to policy-makers in Belgium

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Who's in and who's out? Explaining access to policy-makers in Belgium

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: Who's in and who's out? Explaining access to policy-makers in Belgium
Author: Fraussen, B.Beyers, J.
Journal Title: Acta Politica
Issue: 2
Volume: 51
Start Page: 214
End Page: 236
Pages: 23
Issue Date: 2016
Keywords: interest groups
policy advisory systems
access
corporatism
federalism
Belgium
Abstract: 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 group’s policy portfolio are strong predictors of the likelihood to gain access.
Uri: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/ap.2015.9
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/55215
 

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