The Study of Parties and Interest Groups: From Parallel to Overlapping Research Agendas

Comparative Politics
Interest Groups
Political Parties
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Panel Chair
Elin Haugsgjerd Allern
Universitetet i Oslo
Panel Discussant
Joost Berkhout
University of Amsterdam
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07/09/2017 09:00
Building: BL20 Helga Engs hus Floor: Basement Room: HE U31
To date, research on parties and research on interest groups have developed largely in parallel rather than speaking to each other. While these two types of organizations seek to influence public policy in different ways s and thus serve different functions in democratic states, they can both be conceptualized as societal organizations that mobilize citizens while developing (at least in part) close relationships to the state, in order to feed the interests they represent into political decisions, directly or indirectly. This panel tries to bridge the divide between party and group research and presents first results from several collaborative, cross-national projects that try to integrate these two subfields in two different ways. Those projects theorize and study the relationships between parties and groups and assess how these relationships are created, what motivates them and how they evolve over time, taking the perspectives of parties and groups into account, rather than focusing on just one side of the story. Alternatively, they treat parties and groups as two types of voluntary membership organization to compare them in the context of the same research design. Such direct comparison allows us to examine whether these organizations respond in a similar fashion to the challenges they face - among them increasingly volatile memberships or a growing dependency on institutional resources.

Paper List

Comparing and Analysing Party-Group Interaction in Four European Countries View Paper Details
Digital Disruption and Political Organization: Evidence from Australian Parties and Interest Groups View Paper Details
How Parties’ Relationships with Interest Groups Differ in Old Democracies View Paper Details
Political Parties, Political Money and Interest Groups in Italy: The Changing Connective Capability of Political Actors in the past Thirty Years View Paper Details
The Role(s) of Members in Parties and Groups: Influence and Involvement as Distinct Forms of Member Activism View Paper Details
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