Many studies of the law and policy creation process examine the efforts of particular interest groups and coalitions to influence the views and votes of legislators. Wysong focuses on the role of professional associations, specifically associations of health care professionals, in the legislative debate over the High Risk Occupational Disease Notification and Prevention Act, an example of what is most commonly known as "right-to-know" legislation.
The ethical codes and service-oriented goals of professions suggest that associations of professionals might act differently than interest groups. Wysong shows that the core groups in debates over health and safety legislation recognize that their arguments may be suspect in the eyes of some legislators because of their vested interests. Both unions and business groups seek political allies from other, peripheral groups (i.e., professional associations), which are perceived as more neutral, unbiased, and politically independent.
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Donnelly, Patrick G., "Review: 'High Risk and High Stakes: Health Professionals, Politics and Policy'" (1994). Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work Faculty Publications. 45.
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