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Interest-Group Politics in France - Frank L. Wilson

Interest-Group Politics in France

Hardcover Published: 26th February 1988
ISBN: 9780521335300
Number Of Pages: 336

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This book represents the first comprehensive examination of interest-group politics in France in over 25 years. Rather than the narrow case studies usually employed to study group politics, the book focuses on the overall pattern of interaction between interest groups and government. Drawing upon extensive interviews with French interest-group leaders and politicians, Wilson examines the structures and methods of group politics, the perspectives and attitudes of group leaders, and the place of interest groups in the broader pattern of French politics. He concludes that neither of the two major conceptualizations of interest-group/government relations is adequate to explain group politics in France. He suggests that the French state is much more powerful than recognized by these or other models of interest-group politics. Political influence is difficult for groups to develop and, once achieved, is fleeting. Consequently, groups engage in a wide range of activities, some of which are pluralist, others corporatist, and still others simply protest. Wilson concludes with some guidelines in the search for a middle-range theory of democratic interest-group politics.

List of figures
List of tables
Alternative views of interest-groups politics in western democracies
interest groups and politics: the non-occupational groups
Major interest groups: the occupational groups
Structures of interest-group politics
Interest-group actions
Interest-group leaders' attitudes toward interaction with government
The place of interest groups in French politics
The French experience and interest-group theory-building
Conclusions: interest groups and representative democracy in France
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ISBN: 9780521335300
ISBN-10: 0521335302
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 26th February 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.57