Who says what to whom? Alignments and arguments in EU policy-making

Abstract

In the EU multilevel polity, domestic interest groups seek to shape EU legislation by accessing both national and EU institutions. Previous studies indicated that institutional and issue contexts, as well as organizational characteristics shape their strategies of interest representation. However, we know much less about how alignments and arguments impact on their participation in EU and national policy consultations. Addressing this gap, we investigate the lobbying strategies of almost 2,900 national interest organizations from five member states (Germany, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom) on 20 EU directive proposals bringing also a new empirical scope to the study of multilevel interest representation. The findings indicate that alignments and arguments shape the participation of domestic interest groups in consultations on EU policies. We infer from our study that some general predictions of interest group behaviour are overstretched and outline four variations of interest representation routines.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01402382.2017.1320175
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Politics & International Relations
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Aston Centre for Europe
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in West European Politics on 26/05/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01402382.2017.1320175
Uncontrolled Keywords: multi-level governance,national interest groups,alignments,arguments,strategies
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2017-09-03
Published Online Date: 2017-05-26
Accepted Date: 2017-03-22
Authors: Eising, Rainer
Rasch, Daniel
Rozbicka, Patrycja (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-0092-955X)
Fink-Hafner, Danica
Hafner-Fink, Mitja
Novak, Meta

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