Organised interest systems that seek to influence public policy-making are undergoing rapid transformation. Some researchers focus on the post-war professionalisation of advocacy; others suggest that the internet is positively (re)shaping the structure of such systems and their democratic capacities. This project adjudicates on such accounts through exploring the size and composition, through time, of the Australian system of organised interests.

Using innovative methodologies, it describes the many kinds of advocacy groups that try to shape Australian public policy, and assesses the presence and prominence of particular interests in legislative, administrative, print-media and ‘on-line’ arenas. It will provide new insights on how these groups are organised, whose interests are most prominent in the policy process and how these factors have changed over time. The project [DP140104097] was funded by the ARC Discovery scheme.