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Does participation in policymaking enhance satisfaction with the policy outcome? Evidence from Switzerland


Traber, Denise (2013). Does participation in policymaking enhance satisfaction with the policy outcome? Evidence from Switzerland. Swiss Political Science Review = Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 19(1):60-83.

Abstract

This article investigates the benefit of participation in policymaking. Based on data from interviews with various interest groups, private organisations, and representatives of regions that had been involved in recent policymaking processes in Switzerland, this study analyses the relationship between participation and satisfaction with the policy outcome. The study looks at two different aspects of outcome satisfaction: perceived consensus of a decision and preference attainment. The results show that the level of participation is related to both aspects of outcome satisfaction but that the strength of association is dependent on the type of interest group and the level of conflict among the groups participating in the decision-making process.

Abstract

This article investigates the benefit of participation in policymaking. Based on data from interviews with various interest groups, private organisations, and representatives of regions that had been involved in recent policymaking processes in Switzerland, this study analyses the relationship between participation and satisfaction with the policy outcome. The study looks at two different aspects of outcome satisfaction: perceived consensus of a decision and preference attainment. The results show that the level of participation is related to both aspects of outcome satisfaction but that the strength of association is dependent on the type of interest group and the level of conflict among the groups participating in the decision-making process.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:Decision-making, Interest groups, Participation, Public policy, Public administration
Language:English
Date:March 2013
Deposited On:20 Dec 2013 14:09
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 01:14
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:1424-7755
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/spsr.12021

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