Who’s in and who’s out?: Explaining access to policymakers in Belgium. Fraussen, B. & Beyers, J. Acta Politica, 51(2):214--236, April, 2016.
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In most political systems, the community of policy insiders represents a small subset of the total interest group population. Therefore, one key question is which factors explain why some mobilized interests become insiders and others remain outsiders. By contrasting a bottom-up registration of interest groups with a top-down census of all groups that enjoy access to policymakers, we present a unique approach to distinguish insiders from outsiders. This approach allows us to systematically analyze which factors – such as resources, constituency, scale of organization and policy portfolio – predict who becomes a policy insider. Our analysis focuses on interest group politics in Belgium, and shows that next to resources, the size of the membership, the scale of organization and a group’s policy portfolio are strong predictors of the likelihood to gain access.
@article{fraussen_whos_2016,
	title = {Who’s in and who’s out?: {Explaining} access to policymakers in {Belgium}},
	volume = {51},
	issn = {0001-6810},
	shorttitle = {Who’s in and who’s out?},
	url = {http://www.palgrave-journals.com/ap/journal/v51/n2/full/ap20159a.html},
	doi = {10.1057/ap.2015.9},
	abstract = {In most political systems, the community of policy insiders represents a small subset of the total interest group population. Therefore, one key question is which factors explain why some mobilized interests become insiders and others remain outsiders. By contrasting a bottom-up registration of interest groups with a top-down census of all groups that enjoy access to policymakers, we present a unique approach to distinguish insiders from outsiders. This approach allows us to systematically analyze which factors – such as resources, constituency, scale of organization and policy portfolio – predict who becomes a policy insider. Our analysis focuses on interest group politics in Belgium, and shows that next to resources, the size of the membership, the scale of organization and a group’s policy portfolio are strong predictors of the likelihood to gain access.},
	language = {en},
	number = {2},
	urldate = {2016-04-15},
	journal = {Acta Politica},
	author = {Fraussen, Bert and Beyers, Jan},
	month = apr,
	year = {2016},
	keywords = {Access, Belgium, corporatism, Federalism, interest groups, mobilization},
	pages = {214--236},
	file = {Snapshot:files/54406/ap20159a.html:text/html}
}
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