Title

Consider the Context: How State Policy Environments Shape Interest Group Advocacy

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2015

Department

Political Science

Language

English

Publication Title

State and Local Government Review

Abstract

How are the disadvantaged represented in politics? Using an original survey of 204 advocacy groups in fourteen U.S. states, this research considers how state legislative and lobbying conditions shape interest groups’ representation of disadvantaged identities. Analysis shows that several aspects of state legislative environments affect the diversity of groups’ policy agendas, whereas aggregate measures of lobbying context have surprisingly little effect. These findings have important implications for scholars’ and practitioners’ understanding of the factors motivating advocacy on behalf of the disadvantaged and the broader role that interest organizations play in politics.

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DOI

10.1177/0160323X15602750

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