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Title:Higher education association lobbying: grassroots outreach as a signal of constituent opinion
Author(s):Bennett, Stacy
Director of Research:Delaney, Jennifer A.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Delaney, Jennifer A.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Baber, Lorenzo D.; Ikenberry, Stanley O.; Trent, William T.
Department / Program:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline:Ed Organization and Leadership
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):higher education lobbying
lobbying tactics
membership mobilization
signaling theory, grassroots
Abstract:This study sought to gain a better understanding of lobbying by the major DC-based higher education associations. To understand this phenomenon, this study looked at the lobbying tactics used by the associations and how they decide on what lobbying tactics to use. A qualitative, multiple case study approach was used with a sample comprised of association representatives and Congressional staffers. Overall, associations used a variety of tactics, but the for-profit association used more tactics and used all tactics more intensely compared to the non- profit associations. Particular focus was given to the tactic of membership mobilization using a signaling theory framework. Signaling theory explained why membership mobilization is an effective tactic because it signals to legislators that constituents care about an issue and could cause re-election consequences.
Issue Date:2012-09-18
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/34402
Rights Information:Copyright 2012 Stacy Bennett
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-09-18
Date Deposited:2012-08


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