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

David Lynn Lowery, Virginia Gray, James Monogan

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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

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Lowery, David Lynn ; Gray, Virginia ; Monogan, James. / The construction of interest communities : Distinguishing bottom-up and top-down models. In: Journal of Politics. 2008 ; Vol. 70, No. 4. pp. 1160-1176.
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In: Journal of Politics, Vol. 70, No. 4, 01.10.2008, p. 1160-1176.

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