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Interest groups and politics: The need to concentrate on group formation

  • Reuben E.

    (University of Amsterdam & Tinbergen Institute)

This paper assesses the development of the modeling of group behavior in the interest group literature. Throughout the literature, interest groups have been modeled in multiple ways: from passive groups that do not interact with one another to groups that act just as rational strategic players. Although there has been considerable progress and models are increasingly more realistic and successful at explaining political outcomes, we still have a long way to go. In this paper, I propose that the introduction of group formation into our models is the best way of continuing with research.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 12 Dec 2002
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwppe:0212001
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