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Is Consultation Everything? The Influence of Interest Groups on Parliamentary Working Bodies in Slovenia

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Krasovec, Alenka; Fink-Hafner, Danica

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Abstract Empirical data gathered from surveys of MPs & interest groups in Slovenia reveal that the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia is a relatively powerful & accessible political institution. Parliamentary working bodies are perceived by MPs & interest groups as the focal point of their contacts. While MPs find interest groups to be both valuable sources of input into the legislative process & relatively influential policy actors, interest groups are relatively happy with how accessible MPs are, though they are less happy with their own impact on parliamentary decision-making. Despite the direct exchange between MPs & interest groups, political parties still play an important gatekeeping role. The identified factors of the impact of interest groups on the legislative process include the formally defined roles & competencies of parliamentary working bodies, policy sector variations, European interest-group networking, & the leadership styles of those who chair the working bodies.
Classification Political System, Constitution, Government; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords Slovenia; Interest Groups; Political Power; Legislators; Legislative Bodies; Political Parties; Gatekeeping
Document language English
Publication Year 2005
Page/Pages p. 401-421
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 41 (2005) 3
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications