This major international handbook provides a complete review and guide to past and present knowledge in this essential field of inquiry. Assembling an outstanding team of scholars from around the world, it comprehensively explores the current state of the art in academic thinking and the current structures and processes for the administration of public policy following this period of rapid transformation and change.

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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