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- DescriptionThis first comprehensive appraisal of interest groups in Western democracies in thirty years a systematic comparison of interest group activities and their impact on public policymaking in twelve post-industrial First World nations. Using a conceptual framework, well-kwn experts provide an assessment of these interest group systems, identify similarities and differences, and point to current trends and future directions. This up-to-date overview and analysis is intended for students and specialists dealing with interest group behavior, comparative government and political institutions, and also with each country that is surveyed. This landmark comparative study of interest groups balances pluralist, corporatist, and to a lesser extent neo-Marxist approaches, synthesizing current kw-how about interest groups in Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. Each country chapter describes the factors that affect interest group make-up, their operating techniques, and their influence, and chapter demonstrates how the interest group system impacts on the public policymaking process and how well the system is explained by the conceptual framework it is studies. This study is viewed in terms of an American model, a British model with its derivations, models in continental European democracies, and in newer democracies. A concluding chapter offers further insights, and a selected bibliography is helpful in pointing as it does to important sources for further study.
- Author BiographyCLIVE S. THOMAS, Professor of Political Science, University of Alaska at Juneau, has written on interest groups at length. His most recent books include Politics and Public Policy in the Contemporary American West (1991), Interest Groups Politcs in the Northeastern States (1993), Interest Groups Politics in the Southern States (1992) and Interest Group Politics in the American West (1987).
- Author(s)Clive S. Thomas
- Date of Publication30/04/1993
- SubjectPolitical Science & Theory
- Series TitleContributions in Political Science
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 320.
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight576 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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