Outside Lobbying Public Opinion and Interest Group Strategies

ISBN-10: 0691017417

ISBN-13: 9780691017419

Edition: 1998

Authors: Ken Kollman
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Description: InOutside Lobbying, Ken Kollman explores why and when interest group leaders in Washington seek to mobilize the public in order to influence policy decisions in Congress. In the past, political scientists have argued that lobbying groups make outside appeals primarily because of their own internal dynamics--to recruit new members, for example. Kollman, however, grants a more important role to the need for interest group leaders to demonstrate popular support on particular issues. He interviewed more than ninety interest group leaders and policy makers active on issues ranging from NAFTA to housing for the poor. While he concludes that group leaders most often appeal to the public when they perceive that their stand has widespread popular support, he also shows that there are many important and revealing exceptions to this pattern. Kollman develops his theory of outside lobbying through a combination of rational choice modeling and statistical tests that compare public opinion data with data from his interviews about interest groups' policy positions and activities. The tests reveal that group leaders use outside lobbying to take advantage of pre-existing public preferences, not to recruit members or to try to generate the mere appearance of grass-roots support. Kollman's innovative book will clarify the complex relationship among lobbying, public opinion, and public policy, and will set a new standard for interest group research.

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Book details

List price: $52.50
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/12/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Ken Kollman is Professor in the Department of Political Science and Research Professor in the Center for Political Studies in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research and teaching focus on political parties, elections, lobbying, and federal systems. He also regularly teaches the introductory American politics course at the University of Michigan. In addition to numerous articles, he has written The Formation of National Party Systems: Federalism and Party Competition in Canada, Great Britain, India, and the United States (with Pradeep Chhibber), and Outside Lobbying: Public Opinion and Interest Group Strategies.

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Introduction
Tactics and Strategies
Outside Lobbying as Costly Signaling
Public Opinion and Mobilization
Outside Lobbying as Conflict Expansion
Lobbying over Trade Policy
Conclusion
Appendixes
Groups and Persons Interviewed
Questionnaire for Interest Groups
Opinion Questions
A Signaling Model of Outside Lobbying
Bibliography
Index
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