Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: QH-011-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1980

Subject Area: Organizational Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Activities and maintenance strategies of interest groups in the United States, 1980 and 1985.  [machine-readable data file] / Walker, Jack L.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9601

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy.

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.

SOURCE: self-enumerated questionnaires

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

SAMPLE: 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.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 3 data files + OSIRIS dictionaries + machine-readable documentation.

DATA TYPE: survey data


TIME PERIOD: 1980 and 1985

DATE OF COLLECTION: 1980 and 1985

FUNDING AGENCY: Earhart Foundation, National Science Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


Walker, Jack L., Jr. MOBILIZING INTEREST GROUPS IN AMERICA. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1991. Walker, Jack L., Jr. ''The Origins and Maintenance of Interest Groups in America.'' AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW 77 (1983), 390-406. Gais, Thomas L., Mark A. Peterson, and Jack L. Walker, Jr. ''Interest Groups, Iron Triangles, and Representative Institutions in American National Government.'' BRITISH JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE 14 (1984), 161-185.

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