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Overview


Critics of the policy-making process argue that private interest groups exert too much influence on the decisions of government, but only rarely has this proposition been examined systematically. The Hollow Core draws on interviews with more than 300 interest groups, 800 lobbyists, and 300 government officials to assess the efforts of private organizations to influence federal policy in four areas--agriculture, energy, health, and labor policy.
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Editorial Reviews

Financial Times

The Hollow Core is by far the most comprehensive survey yet of the Washington lobbyists' life and work...A much more complete and credible analysis about the way modern Washington works emerges than in so many previous accounts.
— Tim Hames

Political Science Quarterly

The most thorough and masterly treatment ever delivered of the role of private interests in national policy making. The Hollow Core will constitute the solid center of research in this field for years to come. It teaches us much, not only about private interests but also about policy making.
— John T. Tierney

American Journal of Sociology

A monumental piece of empirical research that will be required reading for anyone concerned with interest group representation in the United States.
— Paul A. Sabatier

Financial Times - Tim Hames
The Hollow Core is by far the most comprehensive survey yet of the Washington lobbyists' life and work...A much more complete and credible analysis about the way modern Washington works emerges than in so many previous accounts.
Political Science Quarterly - John T. Tierney
The most thorough and masterly treatment ever delivered of the role of private interests in national policy making. The Hollow Core will constitute the solid center of research in this field for years to come. It teaches us much, not only about private interests but also about policy making.
American Journal of Sociology - Paul A. Sabatier
A monumental piece of empirical research that will be required reading for anyone concerned with interest group representation in the United States.
Financial Times
The Hollow Core is by far the most comprehensive survey yet of the Washington lobbyists' life and work...A much more complete and credible analysis about the way modern Washington works emerges than in so many previous accounts.
— Tim Hames
Political Science Quarterly
The most thorough and masterly treatment ever delivered of the role of private interests in national policy making. The Hollow Core will constitute the solid center of research in this field for years to come. It teaches us much, not only about private interests but also about policy making.
— John T. Tierney
American Journal of Sociology
A monumental piece of empirical research that will be required reading for anyone concerned with interest group representation in the United States.
— Paul A. Sabatier
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674405264
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

John P. Heinz is Distinguished Research Fellow, American Bar Foundation, and Owen L. Coon Professor of Law, Northwestern University.

Edward O. Laumann is George Herbert Mead Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology, and Provost, University of Chicago.

Robert L. Nelson is Research Fellow, American Bar Foundation, and Associate Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University.

Robert H. Salisbury is Sidney Souers Professor of American Government, Washington University, St. Louis.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

PART I: Introduction

The Lawyer and the Heavyweight

The Policy Domains

Representatives and Their Clients

PART II:The Washington Representatives

The Organization of Work

The Careers of Representatives

Ideology, Colleague Networks, and Professional Autonomy

PART III: Targets of Representation

Contact with Government Institutions

The Government officials

PART IV: Consensus and Conflict

Allies and Adversaries

Elite Networks in National Policy Making

Participation and Success in Policy Decisions

Conclusion

Structure and Uncertainty in Private Interest Representation

Notes

References

Index

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