Prof. Dr. Heike Klüver

This dataset contains all the interest groups that registered at the German Bundestag from 1974 until 2014. On 21 September 1972, the Bundestag adopted a law that obliges all interest groups that lobby the Bundestag to officially register. The first register was published in 1974 and the Bundestag has released annual lobbying registers ever since. All interest groups have to provide information about the interest they represent, their members, their leadership structure, their affiliated organizations and their contact details. Interest groups can only enter the Bundestag and participate in hearings or consultations if they are officially registered. The Bundestag lobbying register thus provides a worldwide unique data source to study interest group activity over time. In a research project generously funded by the British Academy (Grant SG111433) and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation (Grant Az. awarded to Heike Klüver, Heike Klüver and Elisabeth Zeidler have compiled a longitudinal dataset based on the yearly lobby lists. The dataset covers all registered interest groups, their members, their organizational structure, the policy areas and economic sections in which they are active coded based on the Policy Agendas Codebook and the ISIC Classification.

Data access
The dataset, accompanying codebooks and citation information are published on Harvard Dataverse. You can download the data here:

Publications based on the LOBBYLIST Dataset
Klüver, Heike (2020): Setting the party agenda: Interest groups, voters and issue attention, British Journal of Political Science 50(3): 979–1000.

Klüver, Heike (2019): The survival of interest groups: Evidence from Germany, West European Politics 43(7): 1436–54.

Klüver, Heike and Elisabeth Zeidler (2019): Explaining interest group density across economic sectors: Evidence from Germany, Political Studies 67(2): 459-478.

Zeidler, Marie Elisabeth (2018): Explaining Bias in Membership Numbers: An Empirical Analysis of Noneconomic Interest Groups in Germany, Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Klüver, Heike (2015): Interest groups in the German Bundestag: Exploring the issue linkage between citizens and interest groups, German Politics 24(2): 137-153.

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