POLKOM-mandag: Conceptualizing and Measuring Party-Interest Group Relationships

POLKOM-mandag: Conceptualizing and Measuring Party-Interest Group Relationships

POLKOM inviterer til lunsjmøte med professor Elin Hausgjerd Allern ved Institutt for statsvitenskap, Universitetet i Oslo:

«Conceptualizing and Measuring Party-Interest Group Relationships: How Parties’ Relational Ties with Interest Groups Differ in Old Democracies»

Elin vil snakke om det første paperet fra det st0re PAIRDEM-prosjektet (Party-Interest Group Relationships in Contemporary Democracies: Character, Causes and Consequences), som hun leder. Les mer om PAIRDEM-prosjektet her.

Tema:
It is widely assumed that the relationship between parties and interest groups helps shape the nature of democratic governance. Still, party-group relationships have been largely overlooked by political scientists to date and taken for granted across different countries, institutional setups, types of party systems, and sectors. This paper explores and assesses the relationships of political parties with various types of interest groups in mature democracies across the world. It contributes to conceptual and methodological debate by discussing how to understand and measure party-interest group relationships in organizational terms, as well as how to document to what extent and in what way parties’ relationships with organized interests differ today. Are parties’ relational ties to organized interests strong, weak or non-existent? To what extent do the relationships vary in strength across parties and interest group types? How exclusive/inclusive are the parties’ relationships? Using a new comparative dataset generated by the PAIRDEM project from a variety of sources (including party statutes and organizational web surveys of both extra-legislative organizations and legislative party groups), we are able to compare both the overall ties of minor and major parties’ to interest groups and their relational ties to key categories of organized interests across 19 different democracies.

Tid og sted: 28. august kl.12.00 på rom 418 på Institutt for medier og kommunikasjon, UiO.

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