Fertility has unanimously declined across the entire post-communist region. This study explores the variation in fertility trends over time among these countries and assesses to what degree three explanations are applicable: second demographic transition (SDT), postponement transition (PPT) or reaction to the economic crisis. Moreover, on the basis of SDT… (More)
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Interest groups are often seen as a major factor explaining public policy outcomes in the United States. While political scientists have taken contradictory stances over the value of interest groups as a vehicle of popular representation, it seems indisputable that interest groups' inftuence has grown steadily. Particularly during the early seventies, an… (More)