Multiple Arenas, Multiple Populations: Counting Organized Interests in Scottish Public Policy

  • Darren Halpin
  • Graeme Baxter
  • Iain MacLeod
Part of the Interest Groups, Advocacy and Democracy Series book series (IGAD)


The basic premise of this book is that counting populations of organized interests is a worthwhile activity. The opening chapter – not to mention many of the contributions – provides numerous persuasive reasons. In this chapter, all this is taken for granted, and it pursues some of the challenges inherent in actually counting populations. It starts with what seems at face value to be a single perfectly reasonable and achievable aspiration in relation to data on organized interest populations – namely, to be able to say something authoritative about the basic size and composition of the politically active organized interest system. This is a deceptively difficult task.


Interest Group Multiple Population Business Association Policy Arena Citizen Group 
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  • Graeme Baxter
  • Iain MacLeod

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