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Defending the status quo across venues and coalitions: evidence from California interest groups

Published inJournal of public policy, p. 1-26
Publication date2016

This study investigates the conditions under which pro-status quo groups increase their advocacy success during an entire policy-making process. It scrutinizes whether prostates quo defenders who are involved in multiple institutional venues and who join many coalitions of interest groups are able to achieve their policy preferences. A case study focusing on the regulation of stem cell research in California traces the policy making-process and the related advocacy activities of interest groups in the legislative, administrative, judicial, and direct-democratic venues. The empirical results, which are based on a formal Social Network Analysis, reveal that very few groups are multi-venue players and members of several coalitions. In addition, occupying a central network position is insufficient for the pro-status quo groups to improve their advocacy success.

  • Interest Groups
  • Advocacy
  • Status quo
  • Venue
  • Coalitions
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Swiss National Science Foundation - 100018_149689_1
Citation (ISO format)
VARONE, Frédéric, INGOLD, Karin, JOURDAIN, Charlotte. Defending the status quo across venues and coalitions: evidence from California interest groups. In: Journal of public policy, 2016, p. 1–26. doi: 10.1017/S0143814X16000179
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ISSN of the journal0143-814X

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