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Democratic DriftMajoritarian Modification and Democratic Anomie in the United Kingdom$
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Matthew Flinders

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271597.001.0001

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V5. Interest Groups

V5. Interest Groups

(p.161) Chapter 9 V5. Interest Groups
Democratic Drift

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The traditional relationship between Labour government and trade unions shifted during 1997–2007 from the ‘union‐party bonding model’ to a ‘union‐distance model’. The creation of new political spaces and democratic arenas through devolution, however, has increased the number of linkages in the democratic chain, thereby creating new conduits through which interest groups can play a role in the policy‐making process.

Keywords:   corporatism, New Labour, trade unions, big business, devolution, pluralism, interest groups, ‘union‐party bonding model’, ‘union‐distance model’

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