Lobbying the European Union: Institutions, Actors, and Issues

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It is universally accepted that there has been a huge growth in EU lobbying over the past few decades. There is now a dense EU interest group system. This entirely new volume, inspired by Mazey & Richardson's 1993 book Lobbying in the European Community, seeks to understand the role of interest groups in the policy process from agenda-setting to implementation. Specifically, the book is interested in observing how interest groups organize to influence the EU institutions and how they select different coalitions along the policy process and in different policy domains.

In looking at 20 years of change, the book captures processes of institutional and actor learning, professionalization of lobbying, and the possible emergence of a distinct EU public policy style. More specifically, from the actors' perspective, the editors are interested in assessing how the rise of direct lobbying and the emergence of fluid issue-based coalitions has changed the logic of collective action, and what is the potential impact of 'venue-shopping' on reputation and influence. From an institutional perspective, the contributors explore resource and legitimacy demands, and the practical impact of consultation processes on the emergence of a distinct EU lobbying relationship. It will be essential reading for academics and practitioners alike.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A comprehensive update of Mazey and Richardson's edited Lobbying in the European Community."— West European Politics

"Given the attention lavished on EU interest group politics, our sum of knowledge regarding their impact on EU policy can seem meagre, or at the very least, difficult to piece together. Those looking to navigate this jungle would be wise to pick up David Coen and Jeremy Richardson's edited volume, Lobbying the European Union...What Lobbying the European Union does best is bring the policy process back in...the contributor remind us that the forces at work in policy-making are something that scholars around the world can recognize, analyse and compare with those of other systems. This is where the book makes a significant contribution, making it an excellent read for the broader audience interested in waht we can learn from how the EU system has matured as well as committed lobbying geeks."—Journal of Common Market Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199207350
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/3/2009
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David Coen is Professor of Public Policy in the School of Public Policy at University College London (UCL). He is the Chair of the International Political Studies Association (IPSA) Research Committee on Business and Government, a board member of the European Centre for Public Affairs, and a member of the editorial board of Business Strategy Review. His research is firmly embedded in the development of models and processes of EU public policy and regulatory reform.

Jeremy Richardson is an Emeritus Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University. He is a recognized authority in the fields of comparative public policy and the EU policy process and has published widely over a period of more than forty years. He founded The Journal of European Public Policy in 1992 and continues to edit the Journal, based at the National Centre for Research on Europe, at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He is the co-editor, with Sonia Mazey, of the very successful 1993 volume, Lobbying in the European Community, of which this new volume is the successor.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures vii

List of Tables viii

Box ix

Preface x

Biographies xii

Abbreviations xiv

Part I Introduction

1 Learning to Lobby the European Union: 20 Years of Change David Coen Jeremy Richardson 3

Part II Institutional Demands

2 The European Commission Pieter Bouwen 19

3 The European Parliament Wilhelm Lehmann 39

4 Least Accessible but not Inaccessible: Lobbying the Council and the European Council Fiona Hayes-Renshaw 70

5 Interest Groups and the European Court of Justice Margaret McCown 89

6 Coreper and National Governments Sabine Saurugger 105

7 The European Economic and Social Committee Martin Westlake 128

Part III Actor Supply

8 Business Lobbying in the European Union David Coen 145

9 NGOs as Gatekeepers: A Green Vision Tony Long Larisa Lörinczi 169

Part IV Sectoral Studies

10 The Changing World of European Health Lobbies Scott L. Greer 189

11 A Ban on Tobacco Advertising: The Role of Interest Groups Sandra Boessen Hans Maarse 212

12 Politics of Food: Agro-Industry Lobbying in Brussels Wyn Grant Tim Stocker 233

13 Bargaining and Lobbying in the EU Social Policy Oliver Treib Gerda Falkner 256

14 Trade Policy Lobbying in the European Union: Who Captures Whom? Cornelia Woll 277

15 Regulating Lobbying in the European Union Daniela Obradovic 298

Part V Conclusion

16 Institutionalizing and Managing Intermediation in the EU Jeremy Richardson David Coen 337

Index 351

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