Political actors: parties–interest groups–government
Edward Elgar Publishing
This draft chapter/article that has been published by Edward Elgar Publishing in Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Political Science by edited by Keman and Woldendorp, published in 2016. The final version is available from Elgar via the DOI in this record.
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This chapter discusses the changing roles of political organizations in contemporary democracies, particularly political parties but also interest groups. While providing platforms for citizens to engage in the political process, they try to exercise political influence during distinct phases of the political decision-making process: parties recruit candidates for political office, run elections, with the ultimate goal to implement policies when taking over government. Interest groups represent their members’ interests by lobbying political decision-makers, thereby aiming to influence public policy. This chapter argues that despite their very different functions in the political process, their relationship to society and to the state has undergone changes that are characterized by basic parallels linked to the growing individualization of Western societies
Bolleyer, N. Political actors: parties–interest groups–government in Keman, H. and Woldendorp, J.J. Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Political Science, pp. 141-154, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2016
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