The INTEREURO Project: Logic and structure


This article outlines both the overall structure of the INTEREURO Project (Comparative Research on Interest Group Politics in Europe) and the theoretical foci, research activities and data sets generated by its several modules. We provide this description for two purposes. First, it provides a necessary backdrop for understanding the remaining essays in this special issue. Importantly, we do not believe that the methodological challenges we faced are unique to the INTEREURO Project. Rather, they characterize any large-N research project on interest representation. Thus, we hope that these articles based on the INTEREURO Project are useful to a broad range of scholars. Our second purpose is to describe for the wider community of interest organization scholars the INTEREURO Project and the data generated thereby.

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    Research by several of the core members of the project (teams from Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Sweden) was supported by their national science foundations under a European Science Foundation grant (10-ECRP-008). National, regional or university funding supports the research of three other teams – from the United States, the United Kingdom and Spain. The identification of the team leaders and their sources of research support are noted below in the discussion of the individual research modules.

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    Note that this number is slightly different from the strategies module.


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The author would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research 461-10-519 and Research Fund-Flenders G.A. 171-11N.

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Beyers, J., Bonafont, L., Dür, A. et al. The INTEREURO Project: Logic and structure. Int Groups Adv 3, 126–140 (2014).

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