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Strength in Numbers

The Political Power of Weak Interests

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HARDCOVER

$58.50 • £46.95 • €52.50

ISBN 9780674066410

Publication Date: 10/31/2012

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264 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

2 line illustrations, 4 graphs, 5 tables

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This book makes a bold and startling claim: diffuse interests, rather than concentrated interests, dominate the making of public policy in the advanced democracies.—Pepper D. Culpepper, European University Institute

Trumbull attacks head on the Olson tradition of diffuse versus concentrated interests, which suggests that the concentrated will always defeat the diffuse. He argues that the diffuse often wins—at least far more often than the standard Chicago collective action theory suggests.—Peter Gourevitch, University of California, San Diego

In Strength in Numbers, Gunnar Trumbull advances a powerful critique and alternative to the dominant understanding of interest-group politics developed by Mancur Olson.—Jonah Levy, University of California, Berkeley

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