It is widely assumed that effective democracies host large
populations of pressure participants defending their interests and
advancing their causes. It is also assumed that as societies
develop, the associational world 'explodes'. These twin assumptions
prompt simple questions. How many organized interests are there in
different societies and how quickly are they growing? Do different
types grow at different rates? In this volume, these questions are
shown to be much more difficult to answer than they at first.
However, a useful sense of scale is provided for the debate and
many research practice issues are raised. Significant differences
appear cross nationally but some broad trends such as a decline in
the number of business groups emerge. Population ecology is used to
show that the idea of constant growth was naIve. Contributions from
distinguished authors include reports on data from the USA, UK,
Denmark and Germany, at different levels of political decision
making, from 'below the radar' in local communities to global
negations at the World Trade Organization. The volume highlights
the need for political science to pay more attention to complex
interactions involving a 'cast of thousands' of politically
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• Grant Jordan
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