Peer-Reviewed Journal Details
Mandatory Fields
McMenamin, I;Schoenman, R
2007
March
Political Studies
Together forever? Explaining exclusivity in party-firm relations
Published
15 ()
Optional Fields
POLITICAL CORRUPTION POLAND INSTITUTIONS POLITICIZATION REPRESENTATION EUROPE REFORM STATE ELITE
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153
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Parties and firms are the key actors of representative democracy and capitalism, respectively, and the dynamic of attachment between them is a central feature of any political economy. This is the first article to analyse systematically the exclusivity of party-firm relations. We consider exclusivity at a point in time and exclusivity over time. Does a firm have a relationship with only one party at a given point in time, or is it close to more than one party? Does a firm maintain a relationship with only one party over time, or does it switch between parties? Most important, how do patterns of exclusivity impact on a firm's ability to lobby successfully? We propose a general theory, which explains patterns of party-firm relations by reference to the division of institutions and the type of party competition in a political system. A preliminary test of our theory with Polish survey data confirms our predictions, establishing a promising hypothesis for future research.
HOBOKEN
0032-3217
10.1111/j.1467-9248.2007.00647.x
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