TITLE

Interest Group Influence on Managerial Priorities in Public Organizations

AUTHOR(S)
Nicholson-Crotty, Sean; Nicholson-Crotty, Jill
PUB. DATE
October 2004
SOURCE
Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory;Oct2004, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p571
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Theoretical and normative studies by both public management scholars and political scientists have long suggested that interest groups have a nontrivial degree of influence over decision making in public organizations. This study contributes to this previous research by developing specific expectations about conditions under which such influence should be greater or lesser and by testing those expectations in an analysis of over 500 top-level public managers. Specifically, the theory offered herein suggests that the level of access to the decision maker as well as the perceived power of a group relative to others in the organizational environment serve as moderators of group influence. The findings from the empirical analysis provide significant evidence that access and power both help to determine the degree of influence that interest groups have over the agendas that managers set for their organizations. In fact, the results suggest that these factors may be necessary conditions for influence.
ACCESSION #
14459192

 

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