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Pressure groups / ed. Jeremy J. Richardson

Secondary Author Richardson, J. J., 1942- Country Reino Unido. Publication Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1993 Description VIII, 272 p. ; 22 cm Series Oxford readings in politics and government ISBN 0-19-878052-4 CDU 321.01
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Since the early 1950s pressure groups have been recognized as playing a key role in the policy process in western democracies. As legislature and political parties have declined in influence, the relationship between pressure groups and government has become highly developed. This haspresented both problems and opportunities for the participation of ordinary citizens in the governmental process. This book reviews some of the key theoretical concepts developed in the study of pressure groups and presents a series of up-to-date studies of their role in particular countries,including the UK, USA, France, and the former Soviet Union. It is an authoritative collection, edited by one of Britain's leading pressure group analysts, and will be invaluable for both students and practitioners who want to understand current developments in the lobbying process.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction: Groups and Government
  • Pressure Group Theory: The Process of Government
  • The Logic of Collective Action
  • Interest Groups and the Fallacy of the Liberal Fallacy
  • The Pluralism of Pluralism: An Anti-theory?
  • Pressure Groups in Practice: Democratization and the Growth of Pressure Groups in the Soviet Union
  • Interest Group Behaviour in Britain: Continuity and Change
  • Interest Groups in Denmark
  • Interest Groups in Italy: From Pressure Activity to Policy Networks
  • American Interest Groups
  • Canadian Pressure Groups: Talking Chameleons
  • Pluralism and Pressure Politics in France
  • Pressure Group Politics in West Germany
  • Interest Groups in the European Community
  • Three Faces of Associational Politics: Interest Groups in Politics in Israel
  • Australian Interest Groups
  • Pressure Groups in Japan

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Richardson uses this reader first, to examine the state of theory about interest group behavior, and then, to examine the practice of interest groups in a select group of states (primarily liberal democratic in governmental form). Selections from Bentley and Olson and a critique of Olson by Richard Kimber provide a reasonable introduction to the basic issues of interest group theory: Why do interests coalesce? Why do groups remain together? A chapter by Grant Jordan makes clear that pluralism is not a paradigm so much as a series of overlapping explanations for political behavior and the policy process in liberal democratic regimes. The essays on interest group practice are, however, the more interesting of the two parts of the volume. The manners of, and transformations in the manners of, interest representation tell much to the observer about the process of mutual adaptation between culture and political principle in a liberalizing world. Among the more prominent exemplars are the discussions of France, Canada, the EC, and Israel. This text is not only interesting but also a useful addition to upper-level comparative politics and policy process readings.

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Jeremy J. Richardson is at University of Warwick.

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