Together or apart? Explaining cooperation patterns across the post-communist organized interests

| Szczepan Czarnecki

ORCID: Szczepan Czarnecki: 0000-0002-1363-194X

ORCID: Emilia Szyszkowska: 0000-0002-8837-6824

Afiliacja: Warsaw School of Economics, University of Opole

ORCID: Emilia Szyszkowska: 0000-0002-8837-6824

Pages: 167-185

Edition: Lublin 2022

DOI: https://doi.org/10.36874/RIESW.2022.2.10

Citation method: E. Szyszkowska, S. Czarnecki, Together or apart? Explaining cooperation patterns across the post-communist organized interests, „Rocznik Instytutu Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej” 20(2022), z. 2, s. 167-185, DOI: https://doi.org/10.36874/RIESW.2022.2.10.

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Abstract: Interest groups constitute a specific civil society voice in democratic politics. They operate in a situation of constant friction between two main strategic goals: keeping the organization alive and exerting political influence. This article explores both topics, examining factors conditioning the group’s tendency to cooperate with others as well as the degree to which such cooperation facilitates access to policy-making apparatus, exploring the post-communist environment of four selected Central Eastern Europe (CEE) countries and three policy areas: energy, healthcare and higher education policy. The authors aim to apply and examine the interest groups’ cooperation patterns from the EU level to the CEE regional level. The article finds strong support for somewhat weak cooperation between interest groups in the region. However, even such moderate cooperation clearly affects the possibility of access to both the ruling parties and the parliaments. In particular, the cooperation of groups in the field of joint statements may turn out to be a form of remedy for the weaknesses of interest groups in the region.

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