Activities and Maintenance Strategies of Interest Groups in the United States, 1980 and 1985 (ICPSR 9601)

Published: Jan 12, 2006

Principal Investigator(s):
Jack L. Jr. Walker

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This data collection was designed to study the organization and maintenance strategies of voluntary membership organizations with offices in Washington, D.C. Major areas of investigation include how groups overcome funding hurdles when first created, benefits provided to entice members to join a group, types of lobbying efforts engaged in, and characteristics of the organization's membership and structure.

Walker, Jack L. Jr. Activities and Maintenance Strategies of Interest Groups in the United States, 1980 and 1985. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-12.

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Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Census, mail survey. A complete description of the sampling design and methodology can be found in Walker, Jack L., Jr. MOBILIZING INTEREST GROUPS IN AMERICA. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1991.

Voluntary membership organizations listed in the Congressional Quarterly's WASHINGTON INFORMATION DIRECTORY, 1979, 1984, supplemented with groups in the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ASSOCIATIONS.

self-enumerated questionnaires

survey data



2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 4 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.


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