Organized Interests and Environmental Policy

Robert J. Duffy

in The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199744671
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:
Organized Interests and Environmental Policy


This article reviews research on organized interests in environmental and natural resource policy making, with an eye toward identifying the most significant contributions. It begins by considering the question of how groups mobilize and maintain themselves. This is followed by a discussion of some of the key debates in the literature: efforts to map the contours, composition, and evolution of the environmental group system, what groups do to influence policy making, and how to assess group influence in policy making. It concludes with suggestions for future research.

Keywords: environmental policy; natural resource policy; policy making; environmental organizations; environmental groups; interest groups

Article.  9602 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics

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