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Lobbying Together : Interest Group Coalitions in Legislative Politics - Kevin W. Hula

Lobbying Together

Interest Group Coalitions in Legislative Politics

Paperback Published: 2nd April 1999
ISBN: 9780878407217
Number Of Pages: 192
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Today, organized interests fight most of their major battles within coalitions. Whether joining forces to address tobacco legislation or proposed air safety regulations, Washington lobbyists with seemingly little in common are combining their clout to get results. Kevin Hula examines why coalition strategies have emerged as a dominant lobbying technique, when lobbyists use them, and how these strategies affect their activities. He also shows how the communications revolution is changing interest group tactics. Lobbying Together offers scholars and students alike a fresh and accessible look at this increasingly important factor in the policy process.

An interesting and empirically sound study of interest group coalitions on Capitol Hill... The book is filled with findings that are both theoretically interesting and potentially useful for political operatives. Perspectives on Political Science In this very welcome book Hula addresses a real void in the literature on interest groups by analyzing the general idea of interest coalitions. While other studies have examined various forms of group interaction in one or more policy domains, Hula sticks to the subject of coalitions with audacity and does so very thoroughly indeed ... Methodologically the study is well grounded ... Recommended for all levels. Choice

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
A New Look at Coalition Buildingp. 1
Introductionp. 1
Organized Interests and Washington Representativesp. 2
General Overview of the Projectp. 7
Methods for the Study of Coalitionsp. 10
Study Design and Research Boundariesp. 10
Data Collectionp. 17
The Interviewsp. 18
Choices, Benefits, and Brokersp. 22
Introductionp. 22
Incentives and Strategy in Coalition Participationp. 23
Conclusionp. 37
Core Members, Players, and Tag-Alongs: Incentives and Coalition Structurep. 39
Introductionp. 39
Coalition Structure and Membership Asymmetryp. 39
Interaction among membersp. 48
Conclusionp. 50
Looking for Partners: Information, Structural Links, and the Problem of Coordinationp. 51
Introductionp. 51
Intergroup Linksp. 55
Putting it Togetherp. 72
Conclusionp. 77
Communication and Technological Developments in Political Coalitionsp. 78
Introductionp. 78
Technology and the Grassroots: The Case of the GSP Coalitionp. 78
Technological Development and the "Virtual" Coalitionp. 86
Conclusionp. 92
Timing, Preference, and the Policy Arenap. 93
When Groups do not Joinp. 93
Politics vs. Policy: The Role of Reputationp. 95
Policy Stage and Collective Actionp. 101
Activity Importance and Collective Actionp. 103
Conclusionp. 106
Environmental Constraints: Domain Diversification and Ideological Advantagep. 108
Introductionp. 108
Constraints and Resource Mobilization in Group Coalition Behaviorp. 109
Domain Diversification and Coalition Usagep. 110
Staff and Organizational Ideologyp. 114
Why Long-Term Coalitions are easier for Conservatives to Formp. 118
Conclusionp. 120
Political Coalitions in Americap. 122
Introductionp. 122
Summary of Researchp. 122
Issue Domains and Coalition Buildingp. 128
Coalitions and Factions in Americap. 133
Conclusionp. 135
Appendixesp. 137
Quantitative Data Variablesp. 139
Survey Instrumentp. 142
Notesp. 155
Indexp. 175
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ISBN: 9780878407217
ISBN-10: 0878407219
Series: American Governance and Public Policy Series
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 2nd April 1999
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.26