Achieving Democracy through Interest Representation? Revisited

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The article focuses on the discussion of a link between interest representation and its importance for democracy. After a look at the pluralist, corporatist and neo-pluralist approaches, the article focuses in particular on the role for interest groups in associational, deliberative and participatory democracies. I debate whether or not interest representation is a necessary element of democracy and can the theoretical background help us in grasping it across all political systems. I address this question in the context of young, post-Communist democracies in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). I argue that in the CEE countries, when studying interest groups’ populations and organizational behaviour, we have to take into consideration a number of internal and external factors that impacts perceptions and actual activity of interest groups when it comes to countries’ democratization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-119
JournalAgenda Política
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2023

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  • Democracy
  • interest representation
  • interest organizations
  • interest groups' population
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • Poland
  • Slovenia
  • lobbying
  • advocacy


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