Outside Lobbying: Public Opinion and Interest Group Strategies

Author(s): Ken Kollman

Outside Lobbying


In Outside Lobbying, Ken Kollman explores why and when interest group leaders in Washington seek to mobilize the public in order to influence policy decisions in Congress. In the past, political scientists have argued that lobbying groups make outside appeals primarily because of their own internal dynamics--to recruit new members, for example. Kollman, however, grants a more important role to the need for interest group leaders to demonstrate popular support on particular issues. He interviewed more than ninety interest group leaders and policy makers active on issues ranging from NAFTA to housing for the poor. While he concludes that group leaders most often appeal to the public when they perceive that their stand has widespread popular support, he also shows that there are many important and revealing exceptions to this pattern (Princeton University Press).

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Publisher: Princeton University Press

Year of Publication: 1998

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A panel at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association designated Outside Lobbying to be one of the “classics” on interest group politics written over the past 25 years.