Skip to main content
×
×
Home

Interest Groups and Public Policy: The Insider/Outsider Model Revisited*

  • William A. Maloney (a1), Grant Jordan (a1) and Andrew M. McLaughlin (a2)
Abstract

This paper examines the place of groups in the consultative process in British policymaking. It stresses the importance of consultation even under the Thatcher government and distinguishes between consultation, bargaining and negotiation. The paper identifies the important divide between the relatively few groups with privileged status and the greater number of groups who find themselves consigned to less influential positions. The discussion revisits the insider/outsider typology often used to differentiate interest group strategies and status in policy development. It suggests that the insider group term is associated with a particular style of policy making, and offers amendments to the existing use of the terms to avoid the difficulties which occur from the conflation of group strategy and group status.

Copyright
References
Hide All
Browne, William P. (1991a) ‘Issue Niches and the Limits of Interest Group Influence’, in Cigler, A. J. and Loomis, B. A. (eds) Interest Group Politics (Third Edition) (Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press), pp. 345370.
Browne, William P. (1991b) ‘Organized Interests and Their Issue Niches: A Search for Pluralism in a Policy DomainJournal of Politics, Vol. 52, no. 2 (May), pp. 477509.
Christiansen, Lars and Dowding, K. (1994) ‘Pluralism or State Autonomy? The Case of Amnesty International (British Section): The Insider/Outsider GroupPolitical Studies, vol. 42, 1, pp. 1524.
Dearlove, J. (1973) The Politics of Policy in Local Government (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
Dunleavy, P. (1991) Democracy, Bureaucracy and Public Choice (Hemel Hempstead: Harvester).
Eckstein, Harry (1960) Pressure Group Politics: The Case of the British Medical Association (London: George Allen and Unwin).
Finer, S. E. (1966) Anonymous Empire (2nd Edition) (London: Pall Mall Press).
Godwin, R. (1992) ‘Money, Technology, and Political Interests: The Direct Marketing of Polities’, in Petracca, M. P. (ed.) The Politics of Interests (Boulder: Westview), pp. 308325.
Grant, Wyn (1978) ‘Insider groups, outsider groups and interest group strategies in Britain’, University of Warwick Department of Politics Working Party no. 19.
Grant, Wyn (1989) Pressure Groups, Politics and Democracy in Britain (Hemel Hempstead: Philip Allen).
Hansard Society (1993) Making the Law: the Report of the Hansard Society Commission on the Legislative Process (London: Hansard Society Publication).
Hansen, J. M. (1991) Gaining Access: Congress and the Farm Lobby, 1919–1981 (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press).
Jordan, A. G. (1992) Engineers and Professional Self-Regulation (Oxford: Clarendon Press).
Keefe, W. J. and Ogul, M. (1964) The American Legislative Process (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall).
May, T. and Nugent, T. (1982) ‘Insiders, Outsiders and Thresholders: Corporatism and Pressure Group Strategies in Britain’, Political Studies Association Conference,U. Kent, 1982.
Newton, K. (1976) Second City Politics (Oxford: Clarendon Press).
Rose, R. (1985) Politics in England (4th Edition) (London: Faber).
Schattschneider, E. E. (1935) Politics, Pressures and the Tariff (Hamden, Connecticut: Archon Books, 1965).
Schattschneider, E. E. (1960) The Semi-Sovereign People (New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston).
Schlozma, Kay Lehman and Tierney, John T. (1986) Organized Interests and American Democracy (New York: Harper and Row Publishers).
Seidman, H. (1975) Politics, Position and Power (New York: Oxford University Press).
Smith, M. J. (1990) The Politics of Agricultural Support in Britain (Aldershot, Hants: Dartmouth).
Stewart, J. D. (1958) British Pressure Groups (Oxford: Clarendon Press).
Truman, David B. (1951) The Governmental Process, (New York: Alfred A. Knopf).
Vogel, D. (1986) National Styles of Regulation: Environmental Regulation in Great Britain and the United States (Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press).
Walker, J. L. (1991) Mobilizing Interest Groups in America (Michigan: Ann Arbor).
Wilson, G. (1977) Special Interests and Policy Making (London: John Wiley and Sons).
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Journal of Public Policy
  • ISSN: 0143-814X
  • EISSN: 1469-7815
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-public-policy
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Metrics

Altmetric attention score

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 1026 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 2978 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between September 2016 - 24th June 2018. This data will be updated every 24 hours.