Interest groups in multiple streams:specifying their involvement in the framework


Although interests inhabit a central place in the multiple streams framework (MSF), interest groups have played only a minor role in theoretical and empirical studies until now. In Kingdon’s original conception, organized interests are a key variable in the politics stream. Revisiting Kingdon’s concept with a particular focus on interest groups and their activities—in different streams and at various levels—in the policy process, we take this argument further. In particular, we argue that specifying groups’ roles in other streams adds value to the explanatory power of the framework. To do this, we look at how interest groups affect problems, policies, and politics. The influence of interest groups within the streams is explained by linking the MSF with literature on interest intermediation. We show that depending on the number of conditions and their activity level, interest groups can be involved in all three streams. We illustrate this in case studies reviewing labor market policies in Germany and chemicals regulation at the European level.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Aston Centre for Europe
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Uncontrolled Keywords: chemicals regulation,European Union,Germany,interest groups,labor market,multiple streams,Development,Sociology and Political Science,Public Administration,Social Sciences(all),Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Publication ISSN: 0032-2687
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2024 07:18
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2015 07:10
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2016-03-01
Published Online Date: 2015-08-18
Accepted Date: 2015-08-01
Authors: Rozbicka, Patrycja (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-0092-955X)
Spohr, Florian



Version: Accepted Version

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