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Adm Soc. Author manuscript; available in PMC Oct 19, 2012.
Published in final edited form as:
Adm Soc. Jan 1, 2011; 43(1): 45–65.
doi:  10.1177/0095399710390641
PMCID: PMC3477171
On the Nature and Strategies of Organized Interests in Health Care Policy Making
Damien Contandriopoulos1
1Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec
Corresponding Author: Damien Contandriopoulos, Université de Montréal, C.P. 6128 succursale Centre-ville, Montréal, Québec, H3C 3J7, damien.contandriopoulos/at/
Relying on a sweeping review of the literature on interest group influence in health care policy making, we propose a basic definition and a typology of interest groups in provincial health care policy making. Then, using Milbrath’s communication framework, we analyze organized interests’ strategies for influencing policy making. This article is a modest attempt to cross-fertilize the group theory and resource dependency literature. This theoretical framework allows us to explore many of the recurring questions about groups’ origins and strategies from an original standpoint.
Keywords: Interest-groups, lobbying, healthcare, policy-making, theory