## Explaining the density of post-communist interest group populations : resources, constituencies, and regime change

2021
Journal article
Published
##### Published in
Interest Groups & Advocacy ; 10 (2021), 4. - pp. 321-344. - Springer. - ISSN 2047-7414. - eISSN 2047-7422
##### Abstract
The article tests the energy–stability–area (ESA) model of interest group population density on a sample of different 2018 Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovenian energy, higher education and health care interest organisation populations. The unique context of recent simultaneous political, economic and in the cases of Czechia and Slovenia, national transitions present a hard test for population ecology theory. Besides the area (constituency size) and energy (resources, issue certainty) terms, the article brings the stability term back into the center of analysis. The stability term, that is, the effect of a profound change or shock to the polity is operationalised as Communist-era population densities. As all three policy domains are heavily state controlled and tightly regulated, the effect of neocorporatist interest intermediation is also tested. The article finds strong support for the energy and neocorporatism hypotheses and provides evidence for the effect of communist-era organisational population density on post-transition densities: The size of 2018 organisational populations is found to be dependent on pre-transition densities. The relationship is, however, not linear but curvilinear. Nevertheless, the analysis indicates that the effect of pre-transition population size is moderated by other environmental level factors.
320 Politics
##### Keywords
ESA model, Central and Eastern Europe, Post-communist transition, Corporatism, Party system closure
##### Cite This
ISO 690LABANINO, Rafael, Michael DOBBINS, Brigitte HORVÁTHOVÁ, 2021. Explaining the density of post-communist interest group populations : resources, constituencies, and regime change. In: Interest Groups & Advocacy. Springer. 10(4), pp. 321-344. ISSN 2047-7414. eISSN 2047-7422. Available under: doi: 10.1057/s41309-021-00130-3
BibTex
@article{Labanino2021-12Expla-54422,
year={2021},
doi={10.1057/s41309-021-00130-3},
title={Explaining the density of post-communist interest group populations : resources, constituencies, and regime change},
number={4},
volume={10},
issn={2047-7414},
pages={321--344},
author={Labanino, Rafael and Dobbins, Michael and Horváthová, Brigitte}
}

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