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Explaining bias in membership numbers : an empirical analysis of noneconomic interest groups in Germany

Author: Marie Elisabeth Zeidler
Publisher: Wiesbaden, Germany : Springer VS, [2019]
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"Since noneconomic interest groups are important for a fair and equal interest intermediation process in Western democracies, studying the bias in their membership numbers is crucial to explain the discrepancies in the representation of different interests in the political process. This book provides important insights into the determinants of group membership by capturing factors from different analytical levels,  Read more...
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Zeidler, Marie Elisabeth
Explaining Bias in Membership Numbers : An Empirical Analysis of Noneconomic Interest Groups in Germany
Wiesbaden : Vieweg,c2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Marie Elisabeth Zeidler
ISBN: 9783658230920 3658230924
OCLC Number: 1048772062
Description: 1 online resource (242 p.)
Contents: Intro; Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Figures; List of Tables; List of Abbreviations; Summary; 1 Noneconomic Interest Groups, Membership, and the Question of Bias; 1.1. Key Concepts of Interest Group Research; 1.1.1. Interest Groups; 1.1.2. Interest Group Bias and Noneconomic Interest Groups; 1.1.3. Interest Group Mobilization; 1.2. State of the Literature and My Contribution; 1.2.1. State of the Literature; 1.2.2. My Contribution to the Literature; 1.2.3. Theoretical Argument; 1.2.4. Methodological Approach; 1.2.5. Overview of the Dissertation; 2 Explaining Interest Group Membership 2.1. Individual Preferences and the Logic of Action2.2. Explanatory Approach for Mobilization; 2.2.1. Macro-Level Factors; 2.2.2. Meso-Level Factors; 2.2.3. Micro-Level Factors; 2.3. Summary of the Theoretical Framework; 3 The Measurement of Membership; 3.1. Case Selection; 3.2. Dependent Variable; 3.2.1. Operationalization of the Dependent Variable; 3.2.2. Selection of Policy Sectors; 3.2.3. Membership Development across Policy Sectors; 3.3. Independent Variables; 3.3.1. Operationalization of the Macro-Level Variables; 3.3.2. Operationalization of the Meso-Level Variables 3.3.3. Operationalization of the Micro-Level Variables3.3.4. Control Variables; 3.3.5. Descriptive Statistics; 3.4. Summary of the Research Design; 4 Analysis of Endogenous and Exogenous Groups; 4.1. Model Specification; 4.2. Pooled Model on the Macro-Level; 4.3. Endogenous Groups; 4.3.1. Macro-Level Effects for Endogenous Groups; 4.3.2. Robustness Tests of the Macro-Level Factors for Endogenous Groups; 4.3.3. Summary of the Results; 4.4. Exogenous Groups; 4.4.1. Macro-Level Effects for Exogenous Groups; 4.4.2. Robustness Tests of the Macro-Level Factors for Exogenous Groups 4.4.3. Meso-Level Effects4.4.4. Robustness Tests of the Meso-Level Factors for Exogenous Groups; 4.4.5. Micro-Level Effects; 4.4.6. Robustness Tests of the Micro-Level Factors for Exogenous Groups; 4.4.7. Effects of Different Levels of Analysis; 4.4.8. Robustness Tests of the Factors of Different Levels of Analysis for Exogenous Groups; 4.4.9. Summary of the Results for Exogenous Groups; 4.5. Discussion of the Overall Results for Both Group Types; 5 Implications and Outlook: Group Membership, Mobilization, and Bias; 5.1. Summary of the Study and Discussion of the Findings 5.2. Contributions to the Literature5.3. Further Research; Bibliography; Appendix A.; Research Design; A.1. Policy Sector of Immigrants; A.2. Media Glossary; A.3. SOEP Variables Used to Operationalize Material Resources; Appendix B.; Analysis; B.1. Robustness Tests of the Macro-Level Factors for Endogenous Groups; B.2. Robustness Tests of the Macro-Level Factors for Exogenous Groups; B.3. Robustness Tests of the Meso-Level Factors for Exogenous Groups; B.4. Robustness Tests of the Micro-Level Factors for Exogenous Groups; B.5. Robustness Tests of All Variables for Exogenous Groups
Responsibility: Marie Elisabeth Zeidler.

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