Repressive Tolerance of Organised Interests: The Eagerness Not to Listen When Consulting

Morten Jarlbæk Pedersen


Consultation of interests is often seen as a source of both input and output legitimacy. However, consultation only strengthens output legitimacy if it leads to improvements of proposals. This detailed study of consultation reports in Denmark – chosen as a most-likely case of consultation having an effect on the substance of laws – shows a great difference in the amenability of different governmental branches but that, in general, authorities do not listen much despite a strong consultation tradition. This risks jeopardising transfer of knowledge from societal actors to administrations thus harming consultations’ potential for strengthening output legitimacy.

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Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration

School of Public Administration, Box 712 - SE-405 30 Göteborg

ISSN: 2001-7405, E-ISSN: 2001-7413