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Activities and Maintenance Strategies of Interest Groups in the United States, 1980 and 1985

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Walker, Jack L. Jr.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
  • Guggenheim Foundation
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Earhart Foundation
Free Keywords
associations; funding; interest groups; lobbying; memberships; organizational behavior; organizations
  • Abstract

    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.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: 1980 Data
    • DS2: 1985 Data
    • DS3: Panel Data
Geographic Coverage
  • Washington, DC
Sampled Universe
Voluntary membership organizations listed in the Congressional Quarterly's WASHINGTON INFORMATION DIRECTORY, 1979, 1984, supplemented with groups in the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ASSOCIATIONS.
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.
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 4 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation. Guggenheim Foundation. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Earhart Foundation.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9601 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Day, Christine L.. Grassroots involvement in interest group decision making. American Politics Quarterly.27, (2), 216-235.1999.
    • ID: 10.1177/1532673X99027002004 (DOI)
  • Kollman, Ken. Inviting friends to lobby: Interest groups, ideological bias, and congressional committees. American Journal of Political Science.41, (2), 519-544.1997.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Nownes, Anthony J.. Patronage and Citizen Groups [in the U.S.]: A reevaluation. Political Behavior.17, (2), 203-221.1995.
    • ID: 10.1007/BF01498814 (DOI)
  • Walker, Jack L., Jr.. Mobilizing Interest Groups in America. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. 1991.
  • Gais, Thomas L., Peterson, Mark A., Walker, Jack L., Jr.. Interest groups, iron triangles, and representative institutions in American national government. British Journal of Political Science.143, 161-185.1984.
    • ID: 10.1017/S0007123400003513 (DOI)
  • Walker, Jack L., Jr.. The origins and maintenance of interest groups in America. American Political Science Review.77, (2), 390-406.1983.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Walker, Jack L. Jr. (1991): Activities and Maintenance Strategies of Interest Groups in the United States, 1980 and 1985. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.