Images of an unbiased interest system

Lowery, David ; Baumgartner, Frank R. ; Berkhout, Joost ; Berry, Jeffrey M. ; Halpin, Darren ; Hojnacki, Marie ; Klüver, Heike ; Kohler-Koch, Beate ; Richardson, Jeremy ; Schlozman, Kay Lehman

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2015
The title of a journal, publication series: Journal of European Public Policy
Volume: 22
Issue number: 8
Page range: 1212-1231
Place of publication: Abingdon ; London
Publishing house: Taylor & Francis ; Routledge
ISSN: 1350-1763 , 1466-4429
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences- CDSS (Social Sciences)
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: Since political scientists were introduced to the concept of ‘the scope and bias of the pressure system’ by Schattschneider more than half a century ago, we have grappled with the lack of a standard against which to assess bias. Still, scholars have continued to address Schattschneider's provocative claim. This means that they must have in their minds at least implicit images of the unknown state of an unbiased interest system. We uncover these implicit images in this analysis both for their own intrinsic interest and perhaps as a foundation for more progressive research on biases in interest representation. Ten scholars who have done considerable work on the politics of interest representation were asked to provide a brief description of what he or she would see as an unbiased interest system. After presenting each, we summarize the themes that emerged and discuss possible avenues for empirical research on bias.

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