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Author Gray, Virginia, 1945-

Title The population ecology of interest representation : lobbying communities in the American states / Virginia Gray and David Lowery.

Published Ann Arbor : The University of Michigan Press, [1996]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  324.40973 GRAY    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvi, 304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-292) and indexes.
Contents 1. The Importance of Populations -- 2. Conventional Research and Population Questions -- 3. The Population Ecology Approach -- 4. Population Ecology and Organized Interests -- 5. Describing State Interest Communities -- 6. Population Entry and Exit -- 7. The ESA Model of Population Density -- 8. The ESA Model of Population Diversity -- 9. The Structure of Interest Communities -- 10. Interest Communities and Legislative Activity -- 11. Impacts on the Economy, Policy, and Politics -- 12. Findings and Future Work -- Appendix 1: On the Use of Lobby Registration Rolls -- Appendix 2: Survey of Interest Organization Leaders.
Summary This examination of lobbying communities explores how interest group populations are constructed and how they influence politics and public policy. By examining how populations of interest groups are comprised, this work fills an important gap between existing theories of the origins of individual interest groups and studies of interest group influence. The population ecology model of interest communities developed here builds on insights first developed in population biology and later employed by organizational ecologists. This book should be of interest to political scientists working on lobbying and interest groups and social scientists interested in the development of organizations.
Other author Lowery, David.
Subject Pressure groups -- United States.
Pressure groups -- Environmental aspects -- United States.
Population biology.
ISBN 047210683X (acid-free paper)