Conceptualizing and measuring party-interest group relationships

Elin Haugsgjerd Allern, Simon Otjes, Thomas Poguntke, Vibeke Wøien Hansen, Sabine Saurugger & David Marshall
Relationships between political parties and interest groups form structures that enable and constrain political action. Yet there is a lack of consensus on what ‘party-group relationships’ means. We propose a conceptualization focusing on ties as means for structured interaction, which is different from sharing or transfer of resources and ideological kinship. Our conceptual discussion suggests that organizational ties form a single yet hierarchical scale of strength: groups that have many formal ties with particular parties...
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