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Interest group size dynamics and policymaking

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  • Vjollca Sadiraj

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  • Jan Tuinstra
  • Frans Winden

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We present a dynamic model of endogenous interest group sizes and policymaking. The model integrates ‘top-down' (policy) and `bottom-up' (individual and social-structural) influences on the development of interest groups. Comparative statics results show that the standard assumption of fixed-sized interest groups can be misleading. Furthermore, dynamic analysis of the model demonstrates that reliance on equilibrium results can also be misleading since equilibria may be unstable. Complicated dynamics may then emerge naturally, leading to erratic time patterns for policy and interest group sizes. Our model can endogenously generate the types of spurts and declines in organizational density reported in empirical studies. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

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  • Vjollca Sadiraj & Jan Tuinstra & Frans Winden, 2005. "Interest group size dynamics and policymaking," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 125(3), pages 271-303, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:125:y:2005:i:3:p:271-303
    DOI: 10.1007/s11127-005-4599-5
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    1. Tuinstra, Jan & Wegener, Michael & Westerhoff, Frank, 2013. "Positive welfare effects of trade barriers in a dynamic equilibrium model," BERG Working Paper Series 91, Bamberg University, Bamberg Economic Research Group.
    2. Anne Maria Busch, 2015. "Drug Prices, Rents, and Votes in the German Health Care Market: An Application of the Peltzman Model," Working Paper Series in Economics 339, University of Lüneburg, Institute of Economics.
    3. Sadiraj, Vjollca & Tuinstra, Jan & van Winden, Frans, 2010. "Identification of voters with interest groups improves the electoral chances of the challenger," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 60(3), pages 210-216, November.
    4. Vjollca Sadiraj & Jan Tuinstra & Frans van Winden, 2005. "On the Size of the Winning Set in the Presence of Interest Groups," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 05-034/1, Tinbergen Institute.
    5. Tuinstra, Jan & Wegener, Michael & Westerhoff, Frank, 2014. "Positive welfare effects of trade barriers in a dynamic partial equilibrium model," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 48(C), pages 246-264.
    6. Anne Maria Busch, 2015. "Drug Prices and Pressure Group Activities in the German Health Care Market: An Application of the Becker Model," Working Paper Series in Economics 338, University of Lüneburg, Institute of Economics.
    7. Vjollca Sadiraj & Jan Tuinstra & Frans Winden, 2006. "A computational electoral competition model with social clustering and endogenous interest groups as information brokers," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 129(1), pages 169-187, October.

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