A Price to Pay? The Backsides of the Privileged Access to the Political System

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Classical corporatism has been supplemented in the Scandinavian countries by a pattern of privileged pluralism. Under these new conditions, some interest organizations are granted a privileged position in policymaking compared to less resourceful organizations. Based on the concepts of group genesis and dynamic coupling, I argue that historically embedded dynamic coupling can affect the autonomy of the interest organization, creating a difficult dilemma; that is, the difficulty of being an independent organization and at the same time having privileged access. To illustrate the dilemma, the case of one privileged organization, The Danish Consumer Council, is presented.
Translated title of the contributionEn pris at betale?: Bagsiderne ved privilegeret adgang til det politiske system
Original languageEnglish
JournalPublic Organization Review
VolumeLatest articles
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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This version of the article has been accepted for publication, after peer review (when applicable) and is subject to Springer Nature’s AM terms of use, but is not the Version of Record and does not reflect post-acceptance improvements, or any corrections. The Version of Record is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11115-021-00586-6


  • Dynamic coupling
  • Group genesis
  • Interest groups
  • Privileged pluralism

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