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Many interest groups are more in line with public preferences than commonly thought

Flöthe, Linda and Rasmussen, Anne (2018) Many interest groups are more in line with public preferences than commonly thought. Democratic Audit Blog (29 Nov 2018). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

While some see lobbying as a threat to democracy, others portray interest groups as an important link between the public and the political system. But to what extent do interest groups actually support what the public wants? Linda Flöthe and Anne Rasmussen present a detailed cross-national comparison of congruence between interest groups and the public. They illustrate that despite the negative image of interest groups in politics, their positions are in line with public opinion more than half the time. Moreover, while business interests are often feared the most, a sizable share of them hold preferences in line with a majority of the public.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://www.democraticaudit.com/
Additional Information: © 2018 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Date Deposited: 25 May 2021 18:03
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2021 23:04
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/109753

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