The New Research Agenda of Examining Organized Interests in Post-Communist Policy-Making


ORCID: Michael Dobbins:

ORCID: Rafał Riedel: 0000-0001-8344-2944

Afiliacja: Uniwersytet Opolski, Polska

Pages: 61-79

Edition: Lublin 2018

DOI: --

Citation method: Andrzej Zybała, ‘Public Policy in Poland in Context of Tendencies Unfolding in Central
Europe. Conclusions from Case Studies’, Yearbook of the Institute of East-Central Europe, Vol. 16, No. 5, 2018,
pp. 81-103.

Abstract: This paper presents new research agenda focused on organised interests in selected policy areas in the post-communist countries. In recent years, political scientists have made significant advancements in comparatively analysing the influence of organized interests in the political process. However, the post-communist region has been largely neglected. Instead, large bodies of research have focussed on formal political institutions, party systems and the Europeanization of public administrations in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The research agenda discussed here seeks to overcome this research gap by exploring the structures, democratic-participative incorporation and impact of organized interests on policy-making in four postcommunist EU members: Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Hungary.


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