The construction of interest communities: Distinguishing bottom-up and top-down models

David Lowery, Virginia Gray, James Monogan

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

13 Scopus citations

Abstract

Two theories are now used to explain the size and composition of interest communities: Olson's (1965, 1982) bottom-up collective action model and Gray and Lowery's top-down ESA model. Unfortunately, one of the common ways of testing these models-aggregate-level analyses of interest populations-cannot easily distinguish between them. Empirical evidence supporting one model will almost inevitably support the other. We explain why this is so, illustrating the problem with data on state populations of health interest organizations. We also discuss how the two models might be better distinguished.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1160-1176
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Politics
Volume70
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The construction of interest communities: Distinguishing bottom-up and top-down models'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this