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Strength in numbers : the political power of weak interests

Author: Gunnar Trumbull
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012.
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"Based on a cross-national set of empirical case studies focused on the consumer, retail, credit, pharmaceutical, and agricultural sectors, Strength in Numbers develops an alternative model of interest representation. The central challenge in influencing public policy, Trumbull argues, is not organization but legitimation. How do diffuse consumer groups convince legislators that their aims are more legitimate than  Read more...
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Trumbull, Gunnar.
Strength in numbers.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012
(DLC) 2012009690
(OCoLC)784123797
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gunnar Trumbull
ISBN: 9780674067714 0674067711
OCLC Number: 815276603
Description: 1 online resource (256 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The political power of weak interests --
Three worlds of consumer protection --
Consumer mobilization in postwar France --
Interest group coalitions and institutional structures --
Policy narratives and diffuse interest representation --
The limits of regulatory capture --
The limits of lobbying --
Coalitions and collective action.
Responsibility: Gunnar Trumbull.

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Consumers feel powerless in the face of big industry, and the dominant view of economic regulators agrees with them. Trumbull argues that this represents a misreading of the historical record and the  Read more...

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Trumbull attacks head on the Olson tradition of diffuse versus concentrated interests, which suggests that the concentrated will always defeat the diffuse. He argues that the diffuse often wins--at Read more...

 
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