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Pierre Lascoumes & Patrick Le Galès

In: Handbook of Public Administration

Chapter 25: Interest Groups and Public Organizations in Europe

Edited by: B. Guy Peters & Jon Pierre

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781848608214.n26

Subject: Public Administration (general)

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Interest Groups and Public Organizations in Europe
Interest groups and public organizations in Europe

Bureaucracies have to deal with interest groups. In relation to public administration, research has classically stressed the dependence of bureaucracy upon interest groups to get information, to legitimize its policies, to implement policies and to create a stable political order. The contrast between pluralism in the United States and corporatism in European societies seems to be gone to a large extent. Gone are the days (if they ever existed) of stable institutionalized interest groups regulating a policy domain.

This chapter reviews the changes in interest groups and the ways in which bureaucracies are adapted to the new scene. It stresses the remains of corporatism, the blurring of the frontiers between social movements and ...

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