GovLis: When Does Government Listen to the Public?
How interest groups, differences in policy issues and institutional differences between countries affect whether public opinion is translated into policy?
- Danish Council for Independent Research
University of Copenhagen, Leiden University, Aarhus University, University of Bamberg
In democracies a central concern is whether government policy is responsive to citizen preferences. The project "When does Government listen to the Public?" (GovLis) aims at extending our existing knowledge of political responsiveness. Rather than asking "whether" government listens to the public the project is interested in "when" this happens. We explore how a) interest groups, b) differences in the character of the debated policies/issues and c) institutional differences between countries affect whether public opinion is translated into policy.