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Political Cleavages and Interest Group Politics: A Comparative Analysis

Beyers, Jan. (2007) Political Cleavages and Interest Group Politics: A Comparative Analysis. In: UNSPECIFIED, Montreal, Canada. (Unpublished)

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    For a long period the study of European interest group politics remained somewhat disconnected from other areas of European Union studies. There exists little cross-fertilization between the burgeoning literature on European party politics and political cleavages, on the one hand, and the literature on European interest groups, on the other hand. Although, recent scholarship has moved towards a more comparative approach, researchers still do not pay much attention to the possibility that a small number of political cleavages shapes the emerging European interest group system. This paper, which is part of a larger ongoing research project, aims to connect the study of interest group politics with the literature on party politics and political cleavages. The empirical corpus of the paper analyses data on political support networks among interest groups and political parties and uses German, Dutch, French, Belgian and EU-level elite survey-data. More in particular, I demonstrate that support networks between interest groups and political parties are structured according to traditional party political cleavages.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > lobbying/interest representation
    Countries > Belgium
    Countries > France
    Countries > Netherlands
    Countries > Germany
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > political parties
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2007 (10th), May 17-19, 2007
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2008
    Page Range: p. 31
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:49

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