the INTERARENA project

This website contains information about and datasets from the research project: “INTERARENA – Interest Groups across Political Arenas”. The project was conducted at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University and was financed by a Sapere Aude grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research. Anne Binderkrantz was the principal investigator of the project.

Empirical investigations were carried out in Denmark, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Spain. This webpage contains information about the project and highlights selected research results. It also includes a full overview of publications from the INTERARENA project.

data on access to politics

Studies of the political role of interest groups rely on mapping their presence in politics. The webpage presents the INTERARENA research project which mapped interest group access to the administration, parliament and the news media across several countries. The project departed from a definition of access that emphasized the role of gatekeepers in different political arenas. Please refer to the article "Mapping interest group access to politics: a presentation of the INTERARENA project for further information. The article discusses the ambitions of the research project and the subsequent choice of empirical indicators for political access. In addition, it presents the data sources used and provides an overview of the data collected. The described datasets are available online for other researchers interested in empirical mapping of group access to politics. Further information about the research project and data considerations can be found in the article: "Mapping interest group access to politics: a presentation of the INTERARENA research project published in Interest Groups & Advocacy. Across all datasets we use the INTERARENA categorization of interest groups


Article presenting INTERARENA

As part of a special issue of Interest Groups & Advocacy a new article by Anne Skorkjær Binderkrantz, Peter Munk Christiansen and Helene Helboe Pedersen presents the INTERARENA project and the associated datasets. 
Data sets available

Data sets on group access to the administration, parliament and the media have now been made available at the webpage. Please refer to the page on data for further information

New article on groups in the news media

The article "From policy interest to media appearance: Interest group activity and media bias" has been published online in The International Journal of Press/Politics. Direct link: