Does the government selection process promote or hinder pluralism?: exploring the characteristics of voluntary organizations invited to public consultations
2013 (English)In: Journal of Civil Society, Vol. 9, no 1, 58-77 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
To what extent does the government selection process practised in public consultations promote or hinder pluralism in the policy-making process? This article addresses this question by exploring and analysing the characteristics of voluntary organizations invited to public consultations. Evidence is drawn from the formerly corporatist Scandinavian country of Sweden and the policy-making process referred to as the ‘remiss procedure’. The article shows that the government selection process encourages a multitude of organizations to participate. Consistent with recent studies on Scandinavian corporatism, this study provides weak support of corporatist practices in the Swedish policy process. However, and without challenging the seemingly pluralistic nature of the remiss procedure, voluntary organizations with ‘insider status’ in the policy process are more frequently invited to formal decision-making arenas such as the remiss procedure. It is argued that the policy network literature and the theory of political opportunity structures may further the understanding of the government selection process practised in public consultations.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2013. Vol. 9, no 1, 58-77 p.
Research subject Political Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-5847DOI: 10.1080/17448689.2013.771086OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-5847DiVA: diva2:1081543