Interest Group Influence on U.S. Congressional Committees: A Case Study of the United States-Canada Free Trade Agreement
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Chet Rogers
Dr. Helenan Robin
Dr. Bill Ritchie
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The impact of special interests on Congress has long been a matter for concern. A content analysis of testimony presented at 14 Congressional committee hearings on the United States-Canada Free Trade Agreement revealed that three broad categories of witnesses participated: business, government, and non-business. Total testimony for business and government were comparable, while non-business had fewer witnesses and less testimony. Government supplied more testimony in oral form, which was interpreted as a higher degree of participation than written testimony, predominantly supplied by business. There was little evidence of lobbying coalitions as measured by crossreferencing; witnesses rarely referred to anything but their own concerns. General issues received the most attention; minor issues were usually industry specific. No single category or form of testimony received a significant amount of favorable treatment, although government witnesses agreed with the provisions of the legislation more frequently than business or non-business.
Hoffman, Laurel L., "Interest Group Influence on U.S. Congressional Committees: A Case Study of the United States-Canada Free Trade Agreement" (1992). Masters Theses. 876.