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Much of Politics Is Still Local: Multi-State Lobbying in State Interest Communities

Jennifer Wolak, Adam J. Newmark, Todd McNoldy, David Lowery and Virginia Gray
Legislative Studies Quarterly
Vol. 27, No. 4 (Nov., 2002), pp. 527-555
Published by: Washington University
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3598658
Page Count: 29
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Abstract

We explore the nationalization of state lobbying communities by examining all lobbying registrations held by organizations in the 50 states in 1997, with special attention given to the frequency of multi-state registrations. Following discussion of the meanings and sources of nationalization among state interest communities, we develop and analyze several measures of the level of localism, examining what factors drive variation in multiple state registrations across group types and states. Finally, we discuss the substantive and measurement implications of the nationalization of state interest communities. Our findings identify an interesting paradox of interest representation before state legislatures: although lobbying responses and techniques may have become more nationalized, the composition of state interest communities remains predominantly local.

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