Advocacy Groups

  • Argun AkdoganEmail author
Living reference work entry



The term advocacy refers to the attempt of actors to adopt strategies and tactics in order to influence decision makers and the public. As the policies of public or private organizations at the local, regional, or global level affect the lives of a variety of actors, they attempt to shape these policies to fit to their interest and demands. The term “actor” can designate either an individual (CEO of a company, Member of Parliament, journalist, etc.), a legal entity (a public agency, an enterprise, a trade union, etc.), or a social group (environmentalist, farmers, etc.). These actors try to influence policy process in terms of problem definition, policy formulation, implementation, or evaluation. Every individual or social group which can be affected from the existence or nonexistence of a policy to solve a particular problem can be considered as a potential actor of this policy...

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  1. 1.Ankara Social Sciences UniversityAnkaraTurkey