Interest Groups & Advocacy

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 44–65 | Cite as

It’s not just who you know: System-level variation in the availability of process information

Original Article

Abstract

‘Informational lobbying’ is the provision of information to policymakers with the intent of influencing debate and policy. However, influence is more likely when groups make strategic choices about what (relevant and timely) information to provide, when, and to whom. To do this, groups need ‘process information,’ or knowledge about current policymaking. In contrast to extant theories of informational lobbying, I argue that we cannot assume process information is automatically available to groups, nor that access to it is solely dependent on group-level characteristics like resource endowments. Instead, each policymaking system releases process information differently. Using interviews with forestry-related groups in France and Sweden, I show that policymaking systems matter more than group type for these groups’ perceptions of process information. Acknowledging process information as a systemic variable in its own right opens up new avenues of inquiry about lobbying and group behavior.

Keywords

interest groups process information informational lobbying access 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesUniversity of Michigan-DearbornDearbornUSA

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