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Anne Skorkjær Binderkrantz: Interest groups across different political arenas

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Anne Skorkjær Binderkrantz, professor ved Aarhus Universitet, vil holde en presentasjon om Interest groups across different political arenas: the role of group type, resources and context. 

Presentasjonen bygger på arbeid fra forskningsprosjektet INTERARENA project - Interest Groups across Political Arenas, inkludert artikkelen From Policy Interest to Media Appearance: Interest Group Activity and Media Bias, medforfattet med Darren R. Halpin og Helene Helboe Pedersen:

Media attention is a scarce, yet attractive, resource for interest groups. Existing studies show that media attention is concentrated on a relatively small number of well-resourced groups, often representing economic interests. However, the literature still struggles to disentangle the reasons behind this bias in media attention. Is it explained by media selection practices or uneven interest group activity? We cannot separate these two possible mechanisms by simply studying aggregate levels of media attention. In this study, we therefore compare the set of groups that lobby in specific policy areas with the groups that appear in the news on issues related to those same policy areas. The investigation is based on data from Denmark and the United Kingdom. First, we use survey data to identify the policy areas in which groups actively lobby. Second, we identify groups’ media appearances in news stories related to those same policy areas. Third, we compare diversity among the groups actively lobbying with the groups actually appearing in the news and investigate possible biases. We find that even when the analysis of media appearances is narrowed down to only those groups active in a policy area, the news media allow more access to well-resourced groups. However, in contrast to previous findings, differences in media appearances across interest group types are not reproduced. These results imply that media selection biases are mainly produced by varying lobbying resources rather than discrimination based on the type of interests that groups represent.

Anne Skorkjær Binderkrantz er professor i sammenliknende politikk ved Institutt for statsvitenskap ved Aarhus Universitet. Forskningen hennes sentrerer seg rundt interessegruppers politiske rolle.  

 

Arrangementet er en del av CORE Lecture Series, organisert av forskningsgruppen MOR ved Institutt for sammenliknende politikk. Ledende internasjonale forskere inviteres til å presentere sin pågående forskning om et bredt spekter av interessefeltet til forskningsgruppen - medborger, opinion, representasjon og valg.

CORE Lecture Series er finansiert av SAMEVAL-tildelingen fra Norges forskningsråd.

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