Organized Interests as Intermediaries

Jeremy Richardson

in Elitism, Populism, and European Politics

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780198280354
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599422 | DOI:
 Organized Interests as Intermediaries

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Not only have interest groups played a key role in representation and legitimization but have also begun to displace political parties as intermediaries between governing elites and governed peoples. There has been an increase in the groups involved in each policy and the erosion of boundaries between policy sectors. As policy‐making is Europeanized, interest groups are shifting their activities towards the EU. Far from lacking linkage processes, there has been an enormous proliferation of opportunity structures for citizen participation.

Keywords: citizen participation; European Union; interest groups; intermediation; policy‐making; political parties

Chapter.  10570 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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