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Access Points
An Institutional Theory of Policy Bias and Policy Complexity


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Access Points
An Institutional Theory of Policy Bias and Policy Complexity

by Sean D. Ehrlich (Author)



ISBN: 9780199737543


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Access Points develops a new theory about how democratic institutions influence policy outcomes. Access Point Theory argues that the more points of access that institutions provide to interest groups, the cheaper lobbying will be, and, thus, the more lobbying will occur. This will lead to more complex policy, as policymakers insert specific provisions to benefit special interests, and, if one side of the debate has a lobbying advantage, to more biased policy, as the advantaged side is able to better take advantage of the cheaper lobbying. This book then uses Access Point Theory to explain why some countries have more protectionist and more complex trade policies than other; why some countries have stronger environmental and banking regulations than others; and why some countries have more complicated tax codes than others. In policy area after policy area, this book finds that more access points lead to more biased and more complex policy. Access Points provides scholars with a powerful tool to explain how political institutions matter and why countries implement the policies they do.


ISBN 199737541
ISBN13 9780199737543
Publisher Oxford University Press Inc
Format Paperback
Publication date 13/10/2011
Pages 208
Weight (grammes) 284
Published in United States
Height (mm) 229
Width (mm) 148

Part I: Access Point Theory
Chapter 1. Political Institutions, Policy Bias, and Policy Complexity
Chapter 2.
What are Access Points and What are their Effects?
Appendix to Chapter 2. Measuring Access Points
Part II: Policy Bias
Chapter 3. Access Points and Bias in Trade Policy
Chapter 4. How Much Environmental Regulation Will a Country Have?
Chapter 5. Regulating Banks: Capital-Friendly or Consumer-Friendly Rules?
Part III: Policy Complexity
Chapter 6. Complexity and the Tariff Schedule
Chapter 7. Access Points and Tax Code Complexity
Chapter 8.