Organized Interests and the European Community

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Organized Interests and the European Community studies the relationship between organized business and industrial interests and the internationalization of markets. A very topical expression of the internationalization of markets is the drive to create a single European market in the 1990s. As this study demonstrates, organized interests are playing a vital role in the process.

At the heart of understanding this process lies a recognition of two factors. Firstly, that interest associations are but one amongst a vast set of mechanisms of governance. Secondly, that interest associatons are themselves diverse in levels, domains, territories and the size of their opertions.

The aim of this study is not to propose the existence of a kind of 'Euro-corporatism' but to explain the conditions under which certain forms of associability and interest intermediation will emerge, and to examine the impact of such forms upon transnational integration of markets in Europe.

The book contains studies of key sectors, particularly in high technology, of business and labour organizatons, and also reviews the importance of size and territoriality.

Anyone with an interest in the development of the European market, government//industry relations, the politics of interest groups and organizations, and neo-corporatism will find this valuable.

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'Certainly captures some of the variety of political behaviour and outcomes in different areas of policy in EU decision making. The substantive chapters are each relatively self-contained case studies, while the introductory and final chapters provide, respectively, an excellent discussion of the literature and a series of conclusions drawn from case studies... the book is a valuable addition to the literature on both interest group activity and the European institutions' - Political Studies

'From the introduction, through six case studies to the concluding chapter, an ambitious but intellectually rigorous line is pursued with admirable tenacity. A broad understanding of 'interests' is coupled with a subtle analysis of the Community to provide a sophisticated interpretation of the problems facing those seeking to influence EC policies... This book manages to show with great clarity that, while 'pluralism-at-the-EC level' is far too glib a dismissal of the failure to develop a new form of macro-corporatism, neither do corporatist arrangements prevail except in a few limited cases. It is therefore somewhat brave to conclude that, as integration accelerates, the 'Brussels strategy' will probably become more the norm among interests: yet so well is the ground prepared that the reader is likely to respect the editors' judgement' - Journal of Common Market Studies

'an important contribution to the area and will reward those interested in EC policy-making, the study of interest groups, and in the individual sectors that are covered' - West European Politics

'Greenwood and Ronit's comparative study of the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industries is enlightening... Cawson's chapter on the consumer electronics industry, is clearly argued and convincing. Visser and Ebbinghaus offer a compelling analysis of the decline of organized labour in Europe. The editors provide a useful introductory survey of existing literature on the interplay between organized interests and European integration... The collection as a whole sheds welcome light on a set of issues that has been understudied by both students of interest groups and those concerned with EC politics. Amongst its chapters are several outstanding pieces of work which deserve to be widely read and cited' - Public Administration

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Meet the Author

Justin Greenwood
JUSTIN GREENWOOD is Professor of European Public Policy at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK, and a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Organized Interests and the Transnational Dimension 1
2 Organized Interests in the European Telecommunications Sector 42
3 Established and Emergent Sectors: Organized Interests at the European Level in the Pharmaceutical Industry and the New Biotechnologies 69
4 Interests, Groups and Public Policy-Making: the Case of the European Consumer Electronics Industry 99
5 Small Firms in the European Community: Modes of Production, Governance and Territorial Interest Representation in Italy and Germany 119
6 Coping with Heterogeneity: Peak Associations of Business within and across Western European Nations 173
7 Making the Most of Diversity? European Integration and Transnational Organization of Labour 206
8 Conclusions: Evolving Patterns of Organizing Interests in the European Community 238
Bibliography 253
Index 277
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