publication . Master thesis . 2022

Interesseorganisationers adgang til beslutningstagere og deres politiske indflydelse under covid-19-pandemien

Pedersen, Emil Wenzel;
Open Access Danish
  • Published: 01 Jan 2022
  • Publisher: Roskilde Universitet
  • Country: Denmark
This thesis examines how the covid-19 pandemic affects the relations between politicians and government officials on one side and interest organizations on the other side in Danish labor market policy and business policy. To address this issue, I study changes in external hearing procedures of Danish bills before and during the pandemic. Furthermore, two central employee organizations and two central business organizations are interviewed on their access and influence before and during the pandemic. The findings show that the hearing procedure of Danish bills is reduced during the pandemic, which in general affects Danish organizations access to legislators and thereby potentially the quality of laws. However, the reduced hearing procedure does not affect the four interviewed organizations influence on policy since their strategies to influence decision making often involve other paths as well and is not restricted to hearing statements of bills. The findings show that the three biggest organizations maintain or gain access to decision makers during the pandemic, while the smallest of the four organizations loses access and influence during the pandemic. The findings support other studies which state that corporative involvement of certain interests has recured in some decision-making processes during the pandemic.
free text keywords: Interest representation, covid-19, labor policy, business policy, corporatism, pluralism, Denmark, labour organizations, business organizations, access, political influence, decision-making
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