Why do organized interests lobby? Answering this seemingly obvious question has become surprisingly difficult in light of recent research. One essential problem is that virtually all studies of interest organizations begin with the simplifying assumption that they are motivated actors whose prime purpose is to influence public policy. This assumption is incorrect. Rather, interest organizations are motivated actors whose primary purpose is to survive. Using this assumption, I employ niche theory and resource dependence theory to discuss how a more satisfying theory of interest representation might be constructed. This multi-goal, multi-context theory of lobbying would emphasize the importance of context in understanding organizational behavior.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Sociology and Political Science