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Affirmative AdvocacyRace, Class, and Gender in Interest Group Politics$
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Dara Z. Strolovitch

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226777405

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226777450.001.0001

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This chapter, which describes the role of advocacy organizations as representatives for marginalized groups, elaborates the policy typology and study design, and explores some of the limitations of the data and analytic framework. Although not primarily concerned with representation for disadvantaged subgroups, evidence from other areas of scholarship about interest groups and social movements indicates a set of strategic reasons to be concerned that organizations will not be active when it comes to issues affecting disadvantaged subgroups. It is suspected that the single-axis interest groups that predominate at the national level are ill equipped to represent intersectionally marginalized subgroups of their constituents. The policy typology and, more broadly, the intersectional framework within which it is based implicitly resist essentialist notions which hold that the individuals falling into the categories share inevitable and naturally occurring common identities and interests.

Keywords:   advocacy organizations, marginalized groups, policy typology, study design, interest groups, social movements

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