Interest Groups

Course Code :2200PSWING
Study domain:Political Sciences
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Niels Selling

3. Course contents *

The purpose of this seminar is to gain in-depth knowledge about political science literature on interest group politics in liberal democracies. In particular, we will discuss various important puzzles. First, who mobilizes for collective action: Why are some interests, like consumers or the unemployed, so hard to mobilize and others, like IT-firms, more successful in getting organized? A second puzzle concerns influence: Under which conditions do interest groups achieve their political objectives? Is this a matter of strategies, resources, experience or networks? Alternatively, is influence predetermined by the societal importance played by the interest groups? A third theme concerns the relation between interest groups and their broader environment. How do organizational patterns differ from country to country? And what are the potential adverse and beneficial effects of lobbying on the political system as a whole?