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Interest Representation in the European Union / Edition 2

Interest Representation in the European Union / Edition 2

by Justin Greenwood
     
 

ISBN-10: 1403987033

ISBN-13: 9781403987037

Pub. Date: 06/26/2007

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

What is so unique about the EU system of organized civil society? Why does the EU spend so much on citizen interest groups, providing some with up to 90 per cent of their funding? Why are EU interest groups so heavily institutionalized, and can they be independent under these circumstances? Does the EU's system of procedural democracy create a 'level playing-field'

Overview

What is so unique about the EU system of organized civil society? Why does the EU spend so much on citizen interest groups, providing some with up to 90 per cent of their funding? Why are EU interest groups so heavily institutionalized, and can they be independent under these circumstances? Does the EU's system of procedural democracy create a 'level playing-field' with business interests? To what extent, and how, should the participation of interest groups in the EU political system be regulated?

The fully revised second edition of this highly acclaimed book provides an authoritative and comprehensive assessment of the role of every segment of organized civil society in the everyday policy-making of the European Union and of the significance of interest representation for European integration and the democratic legitimacy of the EU.

About the Author:
Justin Greenwood is Professor of European Public Policy at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, and a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403987037
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
06/26/2007
Series:
European Union Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.77(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents


List of Tables     ix
Preface to the Second edition     x
List of Abbreviations     xi
Introduction     1
The variety of interests in Europe     9
Groups     12
Non-group actors: companies, single interests and commercial providers     19
Conclusion     21
EU Decision-Making and Channels of Influence     23
'Routes' of influence     25
EU interest representation through the 'national route'     26
EU interest representation through the 'Brussels route'     30
The regulation of interest representation     44
Conclusion     48
Business Interests     49
Business interest associations     49
Cross-sectoral associations     54
Sectoral associations and firms     67
Professional Interests     73
Peak associations claiming representation of professionals     76
EU sectoral professional interests     82
Single market freedoms     88
Labour Interests     94
Social Europe through the economic agenda     96
Social Europe through a participative labour market model     98
Social Europe through the economic andsocial agenda     100
The European organization of labour interests     105
Conclusions     114
Citizen Interests     116
The landscape of citizen interest groups     116
Historic landmarks in the development of EU citizen interest representation     125
Environmental interests     128
Consumer interests     139
Social interests     145
Conclusion     153
Territorial Interests     156
Regional governance in Western Europe     160
The organization of territorial public interests at the European level     166
Conclusions     174
Organized Civil Society and European Integration     177
Organized civil society and the democratic legitimacy of the EU     177
Organized civil society and the development of EU competencies     200
Conclusions: organized civil society and the EU     208
Bibliography     212
Index     235

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