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Lobbies, interest groups and representation issues: a Bulgarian experience
An abstract prepared for the workshop Les groupes d’interet dans les pays d’Europe Centrale et Orientale organized by CEVIPOL-GASPPECO
Dr Evgenii Dainov, Centre for Social Practices – New Bulgarian University
Contrary to expectations, the development of Central-East European (CEE) societies after 1990 did not simply reproduce Western models. The transition has not only been longer than expected, but much more complicated and original. This generalization applies in full to the issue of "interest groups". On the basis of analysed experience, we can identify two main sources, which condition the appearance of interest groups and also shape their aims and forms.

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