Researching Interest Group Politics in Europe and Elsewhere: Much We Study, Little We Know?

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Series Details Vol.31, No.6, November 2008, p1103-1128
Publication Date November 2008
ISSN 0140-2382
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Abstract: While understanding interest group systems remains crucial to understanding the functioning of advanced democracies, the study of interest groups remains a somewhat niche field within political science. Nevertheless, during the last 15 years, the academic interest in group politics has grown and we reflect on the state of the current literature. The main objective is to take stock, consider the main empirical and theoretical/conceptual achievements, but most importantly, to reflect upon potential fertile future research avenues. In our view interest group studies would be reinvigorated and would benefit from being reintegrated within the broader field of political science, and more particularly, the comparative study of government.

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