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Tracking Interest Group Populations in the US and the UK

  • Grant Jordan
  • Frank R. Baumgartner
  • John D. McCarthy
  • Shaun Bevan
  • Jamie Greenan
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Part of the Interest Groups, Advocacy and Democracy Series book series (IGAD)

Abstract

Using the entries in the US-based Encyclopedia of Associations and the UK Directory of British Associations,1 this chapter reviews the growth and development of the associational universe in two political systems. The cases have been coded according to two separate national typologies, but to aid comparison the UK data have been recoded to use the US system, which in turn uses categories from those in the Policy Agendas Project (www.policyagendas.org; www.policyagendas.org.uk). The chapter attempts to get a handle on the broad scale of the national associational populations in the UK and the US. The associational data are seen as a proxy for the respective national interest group systems. Beyond that, the projects have tried to map how the overall numbers are responding sector by sector to conflicting pressures of expansion and reduction. Overall the exercises sought to test the widespread assumptions that the interest group systems in each country were dense and complex – and becoming increasingly so on both counts. However, the chapter identifies two slightly different conventional wisdoms. One is about group-level explosion and the second is about variation by subcategory of the whole.

Keywords

Interest Group Public Affair Trade Association American Political Science Review British Association 
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© Grant Jordan, Frank R. Baumgartnerm John D. McCarthy, Shaun Bevan, and Jamie Greenan 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Grant Jordan
  • Frank R. Baumgartner
  • John D. McCarthy
  • Shaun Bevan
  • Jamie Greenan

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