Game-Theoretic Models of the Political Influence of Interest Groups / Edition 1

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Game-theoretic Models of the Political Influence of Interest Groups starts with an overview of the results obtained from empirical models of the political influence of interest groups. It is observed that, by and large, interest groups affect public policy significantly. Moreover, the empirical results indicate that interest groups use several means of influence that may differ in their effectiveness, and between which interaction effects may occur. Theoretical models analyzing the choice of an interest group between different means of influence are relatively scarce, though. The three game-theoretic models presented in the main part of this volume are meant to help fill this gap.
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In this work, based on a doctoral dissertation, Sloof (U. of Amsterdam) presents a number of game-theoretical models that extend previous models, striving to make the earlier models more realistic and to address some largely ignored issues with regard to the considerable influence of interest groups. Results are presented in the body of the text, and formal derivations and technical discussions are relegated to chapter appendices. After an introduction, a review of the literature, and coverage of game-theoretic preliminaries, discussion focuses on interest groups' choice between campaign contributions and direct endorsements; lobbying (words) and pressure (action); and which level of government to approach. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792382300
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 8/31/1998
  • Edition description: 1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 263
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Review of the Literature 9
2.1 The political influence of interest groups: empirical evidence 9
2.2 The political influence of interest groups: theoretical models 26
3 Game-Theoretic Preliminaries 45
3.1 A basic signaling game 45
3.2 The three ways in which the basic signaling game will be applied 54
3.3 Extensions of the basic signaling game 59
4 Campaign Contributions or Direct Endorsements? 75
4.1 Campaign expenditures, direct endorsements and voting 76
4.2 Campaign contributions and voting 79
4.3 Campaign contributions versus direct endorsements 85
4.4 Directly observable contributions 88
5 Lobbying or Pressure? 123
5.1 Description of the general model 124
5.2 The AL game: pressure as a means to build up reputation 131
5.3 The LA game: lobbying and the maintenance of reputation 136
5.4 The LL game: reputation building when repeated lobbying is possible 141
5.5 Welfare comparison and institutional design 145
6 Lobbying Politicians or Bureaucrats? 187
6.1 Description of the model and its relationship to recent delegation studies 188
6.2 Equilibrium analysis 193
6.3 Generalizations and alternative modeling assumptions 214
7 Summary and Evaluation 241
Author Index 253
Subject Index 259
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