Trends in Lobbying in the States

This article synthesizes research findings on organizations registered to lobby state legislatures in the last 20 years. According to data collected and analyzed by the authors, the rapid growth in numbers of registered interests in the 1980s slowed by the end of the 1990s, and institutions became more dominant as a form of organizational representation.

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About the Authors
Virginia Gray is Robert Watson Winston Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the co-editor of Politics in the American States, co-author of Minnesota Politics and Government and the author of numerous other books and articles on state politics.

David Lowery is Thomas J. Pearsall Professor of State and Local Government at UNC, Chapel Hill. He and Gray have collaborated on many publications on state interest groups, including The Population Ecology of Interest Representation: Lobbying Communities in the American States. Lowery also has published widely in the areas of urban politics, budgeting, tax policy and public administration.

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