AbstractsLaw & Legal Studies

Agricultural Interest Organisations' Influence on the Legislative Process in Denmark; A Case Study on the Buffer Zone Law

by Nina Kattler

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2013
Keywords: Buffer zone; Agriculture; Interest Organisation; Lobbyism; Lobbyist; Policy-Making; Legislation; Democracy; Denmark; Group theory; Planning; Pluralism; Corporatism; Bæredygtigt Landbrug; Landbrug & Fødevarer
Record ID: 1119671
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/11396


Policy making is a lengthy, legislative process, liable to be subject to various internal and external factors of influence, each practiced within their code of conduct. One influence often kept low-key is that of the interest organisation, attempting to set the agenda to the benefit of its members. A particularly current case of this is the case of the law of buffer zones in Denmark, which allowed for engaged reactions by the agricultural interest organisations. This project is set to examine the workings of these interest organisations, and how they practice lobbyism in order to further their own case via closed door meetings - a black box in the legislative process. Our focus, as such, will be on the current case of buffer zones and how these agricultural interest organisations acquire their influence and thusly may enable themselves to affect legislation. We will largely acquire our empirical data through interviews with agricultural interest organisation representatives and we will base our analysis on several theories regarding democracy, interest organisations and group theory.