Quality over quantity?: Technical information, interest advocacy and school closures in Sweden
2015 (English)In: Interest Groups & Advocacy, ISSN 2047-7414, E-ISSN 2047-7422, Vol. 4, no 2, 101-119 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Information that relates to the consequences of political decisions is often regarded as the main currency for interest group influence. However, this argument has mainly been applied and empirically tested in the case of highly professional and permanent groups. It is therefore unclear to what extent the provision of information plays a role in the political impact of informal and loosely organized groups, such as social movements. This article demonstrates how social movements use information to influence elected officials on the local level in Sweden. A quantitative study of 339 proposed school closures during the 2002–2010 period is presented. School issues have been one of the most important drivers of contentious politics in Sweden. The results reveal that technical information provided by movements, such as information on unintended economic consequences and alternative proposals that could save costs, decreases the probability that proposals will result in school closures. Protest actions with a large number of participants, however, have no statistically significant effects on closures. The study suggests that less organizational resources may be required to influence elected officials through technical expertise than would be expected in light of previous research.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. Vol. 4, no 2, 101-119 p.
interest groups, social movements, lobbying, public opinion, influence, policy change, school closures
sociala rörelser, intressegrupper, lobbying
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject Political Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-238794DOI: 10.1057/iga.2014.17ISI: 000371721500001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-238794DiVA: diva2:772198