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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
University of Texas at Arlington
School of Social Work
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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