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ERIC Number: ED563214
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 263
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3035-0860-8
Higher Education Association Lobbying: Grassroots Outreach as a Signal of Constituent Opinion
Bennett, Stacy M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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