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In Search of Political Influence: Outside Lobbying Behavior and Media Coverage of Social Movements, Interest Groups and Political Parties in six Western European Countries
International Political Science Review
Outside lobbying is a key strategy for social movements, interest groups and political parties for mobilising public opinion through the media in order to pressure policymakers and influence the policymaking process. Relying on semi-structured interviews and newspaper content analysis in six Western European countries, this article examines the use of four outside lobbying strategies - media-related activities, informing (about) the public, mobilisation and protest - and the amount of media coverage they attract. While some strategies are systematically less pursued than others, we find variation in their relative share across institutional contexts and actor types. Given that most of these differences are not accurately mirrored in the media, we conclude that media coverage is only loosely connected to outside lobbying behaviour, and that the media respond differently to a given strategy when used by different actors. Thus, the ability of different outside lobbying strategies to generate media coverage critically depends on who makes use of them.
Interest groups, media coverage, outside lobbying, political parties, social movements, Western Europe
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