The Hollow Core: Private Interests in National Policy Making

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Harvard University Press, 1993 - Political Science - 450 pages

Critics of the policy-making process argue that private interest groups exert too much influence on the decisions of government, but only rarely has this proposition been examined systematically. The Hollow Core draws on interviews with more than 300 interest groups, 800 lobbyists, and 300 government officials to assess the efforts of private organizations to influence federal policy in four areas--agriculture, energy, health, and labor policy.

 

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Contents

Preface xiii
12
The Lawyer and the Heavyweight
12
The Policy Domains
24
Representatives and Their Clients
59
The Washington Representatives
85
A1 Logistic regression models
149
Contact with Government Institutions
193
periphery and issue differentiation principles
198
Allies and Adversaries
247
domain
282
domain
287
Variation among domains in perceived conflict and coalitional sta
324
issues
328
Conclusion
369
Notes
415
References
427

contact by representatives
209
The Government Officials
218

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