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date: 12 November 2019

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In modern democracies, societal interests frequent the legislative hallways to pressure and exert political influence on legislators. Lobbying represents an intense interaction between organized interests and legislators in parliaments. In the last decades, there has been a remarkable shift in attention with parliament assuming a more central role for interest groups across Europe. This chapter examines the relations between interest groups and legislators and the nature and effects of such relations. It begins with a description of the development in scholarly attention toward lobbying in legislatures, followed by a discussion of recent advances in the understanding of relations between groups and legislators. It concludes by highlighting a number of areas where further progress may be made.

Keywords: legislators, lobbying, parliaments, interest groups, political influence, legislatures

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