Sociopolitical reputation and the reform of pharmacies in Greece and Portugal

Stella Ladi, Catherine Moury, Francesco Stolfi

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This article argues that differences in sociopolitical reputation can explain why interest groups fail or succeed in influencing policymakers and that therefore sociopolitical reputation is a useful addition to the conceptual toolbox of interest groups scholars. Focusing on pharmacies and their associations in Greece and Portugal between 2005 and 2021, this article uses the concept of sociopolitical reputation to explain why reform attempts to reduce pharmaceutical spending and increase competition in the pharmacy sector were successful in Portugal but not in Greece, even though pharmacists are a much stronger interest group in Portugal than in Greece and even though both countries were under significant exogenous pressure to introduce structural reforms in the wake of the Eurozone crisis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185 - 207
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Public Policy
Issue number1
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Nov 2023


  • Interest groups
  • Lobbying
  • Policy influence
  • Professions
  • Sociopolitical reputation


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