In all democratic societies a wide spectrum of interest groups seek political influence. The project: “INTERARENA – Interest Groups across Political Arenas” analyzes group influence towards the bureaucracy, parliament and the media. Among other things the project seeks to establish which groups are successful in attracting the attention of the media or bureaucrats and thus affecting political and administrative decisions.

The project is conducted at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University in a four-year period from January 1st 2011 to December 31th 2014. In this period empirical investigations will be carried out in Denmark, Great Britain and Germany. The project has received a Sapere Aude grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research.

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 Figure: distribution of media interestSkewed distribution of media interest

Preliminary analyses from the research project show the media to be dominated by a few large interest groups. Only 25 interest groups get more than half of all media attention.

The figure to the left shows the number of groups getting different percentages of media attention. It is based on counts of group appearances in the papers Politiken and Jyllands-Posten. More information can be found in the paper: Making it to the news. Interest Groups in the Media by Anne Binderkrantz and Peter Munk Christiansen.


Interest Groups across Political Arenas

A forthcoming article in Governance demonstrates how a research logic may account for different patterns of interest group access in political arenas. At the same time, a small number of groups account for much access across arenas.

See article.
Conference on: "Interest Group Politics"

The INTERARENA project invites for a conference on interest group politics. The conference will bring together a range of leading scholars for two days of stimulating discussions. It is held at Aarhus University on June 2nd and 3rd 2014.

See the programme here.
Surveys completed

Surveys of Danish, British and UK interest groups are now concluded. A brief note and frequency tabels of the Dutch survey results can be found here.
Project results sent out

The first papers from the project are now under review with international journals. Also, participants in the Danish survey have received a summary of results.