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2010 - Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies Pages: unavailable || Words: 11887 words || 
1. Baccaro, Lucio. "How Groups Shape (Not Just Represent) Interests: Lessons from the Italian Pension Reform" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Grand Plaza, Montreal, Canada, Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2019-08-20 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Based on field research and on a nationally-representative survey of workersÂ’attitudes towards pension reform in Italy, this paper develops a constructivist argument about interest representation. Policy preferences, the paper argues, are to a large extent shaped by organizational processes taking place within organized interest groups. A decision-making process based on discursive democracy contributes to shape the attitudes and beliefs of a considerable portion of the organizationÂ’s constituents and, through this channel, favors the rallying of consensus for unpopular reforms.

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