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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...
Chapter 32: Interest Group Systems in the Age of Globalization
Interest Group Systems in the Age of Globalization
Interest Groups: what they are, what they do
Interest groups are the most numerous social actors in liberal democracies. Even more than political parties, they contribute to creating a vast network of links between civil society and the economic world on the one hand and political institutions on the other. Interest groups represent, in other words, the society that organizes itself to present its preferences to public institutions asking for answers. Therefore, interest groups feed a flow of solicitations towards policy-makers that are vital to the proper functioning of political systems.
Yet, interest groups are less studied than parties or other classic sub-fields of political ...