Mediating Between the Powerless and the Powerful

Gianfranco Pasquino

in Elitism, Populism, and European Politics

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780198280354
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599422 | DOI:
 Mediating Between the Powerless and the Powerful

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Because the powerless at least own their vote, their needs are more likely to be met by political parties than interest groups. Pluralist and neo‐corporatist theories do not provide satisfactory explanations of intermediation because they concentrate upon the satisfaction of only the organized interests of the relatively powerful. Single‐issue and public‐interest social movements offer an alternative channel for influence by the powerless within a democracy.

Keywords: democracy; interest groups; intermediation; neo‐corporatism; pluralism; political parties; social movements

Chapter.  5195 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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