Confessions of an Interest Group by Carolyn M. Warner

By Carolyn M. Warner

Following global conflict II, the Catholic Church in Europe confronted the problem of building political impression with newly rising democratic governments. The Church turned, as Carolyn Warner pointedly argues, an curiosity team like several different, trying to reach and solidify its impact through forming alliances with political events. the writer analyzes the Church's differing concepts in Italy, France, and Germany utilizing microeconomic theories of the company and ancient institutionalism. She demonstrates how just a strategic point of view can clarify the alternative and sturdiness of the alliances in every one case. In so doing, the writer demanding situations prior paintings that ignores the prices to curiosity teams and events of maintaining or breaking their reciprocal hyperlinks.

Confessions of an curiosity workforce demanding situations the view of the Catholic Church as completely an ethical strength whose pursuits are seamlessly represented by way of the Christian Democratic events. mixing idea, cultural narrative, and archival study, Warner demonstrates that the French Church's superficial and short reference to a political occasion used to be at once regarding its lack of political impression through the struggle. The Italian Church's energy, however, remained reliable in the course of the battle, so the Church and the Christian Democrats extra simply stumbled on a number of grounds for long term cooperation. The German Church selected another course, reluctantly aligning itself with a brand new Catholic-Protestant social gathering. This e-book is a crucial paintings that expands the growing to be literature at the economics of faith, curiosity staff habit, and the politics of the Catholic Church.

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HISTORY Interest groups are put on different trajectories, depending on the context in which they operate and the choices their leaders made at times of flux. A group’s resources are not entirely, if at all, comprised of liquid assets; should the group be faced with a situation that demands a different response (and that favors a different organizational configuration), resources the group expended in one area may not easily be transferred to another. The accretion of previous experiences predisposes the organization toward some types of behavior because the group has adapted to a particular context and developed tools appropriate to it.

MONITORING EXIT AND VOICE Since the constituencies, environments, and goals of a party and interest group are not coterminous, interest groups and the parties they support have disputes about their respective policies, actions, and expectations. How does an interest group control a party after it has contracted with it for services? The two main enforcement mechanisms are voice (complaining), and exit (withdrawal of support). Complaints, as Albert Hirschman rightly noted (1970), have more impact when linked to a credible threat of exit.

Studies of the Catholic Church and Christian Democracy either conflate the two or stress their differences at the cost of ignoring the strong incentives the Church has to cooperate with the dominant political actors (be they parties in a parliamentary system or authoritarian regimes). INTEREST GROUPS AND THE LINKAGE FUNCTION OF PARTIES Interest groups have been studied as the representatives of particular subgroups in society that then link with political parties to be represented in the policy process.

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