Representing interest groups: umbrella organisations enjoy preferential access to the legislative arena but not to the media

Representing interest groups: umbrella organisations enjoy preferential access to the legislative arena but not to the media

Lobbying for access to parliamentary and media debates potentially allows organisations to represent the interests of their members and exert political influenceWiebke Marie Junk looks at which types of interest groups are favoured when it comes to lobbying access in the United Kingdom and Germany. She finds that access to the legislature is higher for ‘umbrella’ organisations that unite many member groups, while representing a higher number of individual people does not seem to matter.

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A helping hand? Tracking changes in support to British All-Party Parliamentary Groups since 2001

A helping hand? Tracking changes in support to British All-Party Parliamentary Groups since 2001

There are over 600 All Party Parliamentary Groups in the Westminster Parliament. Dr Paul EJ Thomas discusses the monetary and in-kind support these informal groups receive, and their role in the policy-making process.

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