34 J. Soc. & Soc. Welfare 83 (2007)
Controlling the Levers of Power: How Advocacy Organizations Affect the Regulation Writing Process

handle is hein.journals/jrlsasw34 and id is 79 raw text is: Controlling the Levers of Power:
How Advocacy Organizations Affect
the Regulation Writing Process
RICHARD HOEFER
University of Texas at Arlington
School of Social Work
KRISTIN FERGUSON
University of Southern California
School of Social Work
The Federal regulation-writing process is vital to understanding
how laws are translated into policy. This paper re-examines data
on human services interest groups active in lobbying the execu-
tive branch to determine what factors influence their effectiveness.
Building on findings from Hoefer (2000), structural equation
modeling is used to re-analyze the original regression model of in-
terest group effectiveness (IGE) on a sample of 127 Washington
D.C.-based interest groups. Results indicate that some of the pre-
vious findings are not supported and an alternative model is pro-
posed. A group's position, context and access to information and
policymakers emerge as significant determinants of IGE. Access
also mediates the impact of a group's strategy and position on
IGE. Implications for practice and future research are provided.
Keywords: human services, interest groups, regulations, policy,
advocacy, structural equation modeling, policymaking
Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, March 2007, Volume XXXIV, Number 1

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