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By Carolyn M. Warner

Following global battle II, the Catholic Church in Europe confronted the problem of building political impact with newly rising democratic governments. The Church turned, as Carolyn Warner pointedly argues, an curiosity staff like every different, trying to reach and solidify its impact via forming alliances with political events. the writer analyzes the Church's differing ideas in Italy, France, and Germany utilizing microeconomic theories of the company and historic institutionalism. She demonstrates how just a strategic viewpoint can clarify the alternative and toughness of the alliances in each one case. In so doing, the writer demanding situations previous paintings that ignores the prices to curiosity teams and events of maintaining or breaking their reciprocal hyperlinks.

Confessions of an curiosity crew demanding situations the view of the Catholic Church as exclusively an ethical strength whose pursuits are seamlessly represented through the Christian Democratic events. mixing idea, cultural narrative, and archival learn, Warner demonstrates that the French Church's superficial and short reference to a political occasion used to be without delay regarding its lack of political impact in the course of the struggle. The Italian Church's strength, nevertheless, remained solid in the course of the conflict, so the Church and the Christian Democrats extra simply came across a number of grounds for long term cooperation. The German Church selected yet one more direction, reluctantly aligning itself with a brand new Catholic-Protestant social gathering. This ebook is a vital paintings that expands the becoming literature at the economics of faith, curiosity workforce habit, and the politics of the Catholic Church.

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Further, the interest group might be exploited by the party it supports, expending resources for which it is not compensated. The problem is the common one of “malfeasance,” in which one agent to a contract pays for goods or services that are to be delivered sometime in the future by another. That situation gives the receiving agent an opportunity to leave the contract unfulfilled. Applying this to interest group–party relations, if a group expends organizational resources on a party in an electoral campaign and the party wins office but fails to deliver the stipulated policy, the group’s resources have been wasted.

Organization theorists remind us that the leadership of a firm (or interest group) is concerned not only with identifiable costs, but also with how taking on a new production function will alter the firm’s or group’s “organizational mission” or raison d’eˆtre (J. Wilson 1989, 1995). Both the Italian and French Churches had concerns about the risks of committing their own assets to external political parties, even as they also 21 The discussion of the specificity of assets a party might exchange will be found in chapter 8.

Chapter 8 asks three questions about parties: first, why does a party link with any interest group? Second, how does it choose among interest groups? Third, how does it control the group it has linked with? A preliminary answer comes from the market model, in which the party is the buyer (of political support) and the interest group is the seller. As with interest groups, parties weigh costs and benefits on scales molded by historical legacy, structure, and their leaderships’ perspectives. Chapter 9 extends the reach of the argument by applying it to a third case, that of Germany.

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