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Lobbying across venues: an issue-tracing approach

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Jourdain Charlotte , Hug Simon , Varone Frédéric ,
Project Lobbying, litigation and direct democracy: Comparing advocacy strategies of interest groups in Switzerland and California
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal State Politics and Policy Quarterly
Volume (Issue) 17(2)
Page(s) 127 - 153
Title of proceedings State Politics and Policy Quarterly
DOI 10.1177/1532440016672272

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Type of Open Access Repository (Green Open Access)


This study examines lobbying activity during four California policymaking processes and through the four institutional venues available in that state: the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, and the ballot initiative. It shows that past advocacy activity explains future mobilization on the same policy issue. Groups that fail to reach their policy goals will be more likely to mobilize later if the policy process changes venue, compared with those that have achieved their policy preference. Thus, the availability of multiple venues provides a counterweight to the possible advantages received by certain group types in each venue. Furthermore, public interest groups are more likely to mobilize across venues and repeatedly within a venue, while business groups are less likely to do so.