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Social Science and Public Policy

Conversations featuring Prof. Maraam Dwidar

October 13, 2021 at 10:05am11:05am EDT

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Coalitional Lobbying and Intersectional Representation in American Rulemaking.  Interest groups representing the marginalized regularly neglect advocacy on behalf of their most vulnerable constituents — those with intersectional disadvantage. Yet, they claim that such advocacy is central to their missions. I argue that interest groups representing women, people of color, Native nations, and the poor strategically conduct intersectional advocacy through coalitional lobbying. I test this claim using a new dataset of co-signature patterns within public comments on proposed agency rules submitted by a set of such groups between 2004 and 2014. I find that these groups are significantly more likely to pursue intersectional advocacy in coalitions, but that coalition work, alone, does not relate to influential intersectional advocacy. Rather, it is particular coalition characteristics, including organizational diversity and financial capacity, that relate to such influence. I conclude that collaborative lobbying and variations thereof are effective tactics for mediating representational bias in interest group advocacy and promoting more pluralistic administrative policymaking. Maraam Dwidar is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Her research focuses on American national institutions and public policy, with emphases on organized interests, intersectional representation, and bureaucratic rulemaking.

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This event was published on October 13, 2021.

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