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Industry Characteristics and Interest Group Formation: An Empirical Study

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  • Kennelly, Brendan
  • Murrell, Peter

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The role of interest groups in the political process has been the subject of much analysis in both political science and economics. However, few studies have examined directly the factors which influence the variation in interest group formation across industrial sectors and between countries. Using data on 75 industrial sectors in 10 countries, we examine the way in which variations in interest group formation are explained by variations in industrial and political characteristics. In cross-sectional empirical relationships we test for the significance of a variety of industry and political variables. Our results indicate that industry characteristics such as the proportion of total demand purchased by households and the concentration ratio are related to variations in interest group formation. We discuss the implications that our results have for recent theoretical work on the effect of interest groups on economic policy. Copyright 1991 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Public Choice.

Volume (Year): 70 (1991)
Issue (Month): 1 (April)
Pages: 21-40

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Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:70:y:1991:i:1:p:21-40

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  1. Potters, Jan & Sloof, Randolph, 1996. "Interest groups: A survey of empirical models that try to assess their influence," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 12(3), pages 403-442, November.
  2. Dennis Coates & Jac Heckelman & Bonnie Wilson, 2011. "Special-interest groups and growth," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 147(3), pages 439-457, June.
  3. Bonnie Wilson & Dennis Coates & Jac Heckelman, 2007. "Special-Interest Groups and Volatility," Working Papers 2007-04, Saint Louis University, Department of Economics.
  4. Bown, Chad P. & Tovar, Patricia, 2011. "Trade liberalization, antidumping, and safeguards: Evidence from India's tariff reform," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 96(1), pages 115-125, September.
  5. Nunnenkamp, Peter, 1993. "Worüber die Wirtschaft klagt und wofür sie selbst verantwortlich ist: Unfähige Politik, unternehmerische Prinzipienlosigkeit und der Standort Bundesrepublik," Open Access Publications from Kiel Institute for the World Economy 1580, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
  6. Jung, Chulho & Krutilla, Kerry & Kip Viscusi, W. & Boyd, Roy, 1995. "The coase theorem in rent-seeking society," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 15(3), pages 259-268, September.

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