Schools of Thought: An Analysis of Interest Groups Influential in International Population Policy


This analysis, written in 1993, explores the relationships; among competing schools of thought in the international population policy arena. It offers the following observations: (1) Five interest groups are influential: the population-concerned community, a market-oriented group, people focusing on equitable distribution of resources, women’s advocates, and the Vatican; (2) Only one of the five groups wants to draw attention to population growth; the other four all have other priorities and prefer to reduce attention to demography, seeing attention to population growth as interfering with their priorities; (3) Any attempt to base policy on identified common ground in this situation would result in asymmetry, turning policy attention away from population growth.

Published in Population and Environment: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 11 1998, 19(6):487-512

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Martha Campbell
Publication date: 
July 6, 1998
Publication type: 
Journal Article