The Europeanization of Interest Groups in Malta and Ireland: A Small State Perspective

The Europeanization of Interest Groups in Malta and Ireland: A Small State Perspective

by Mario Thomas Vassallo

Hardcover(1st ed. 2015)

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This comparative work examines the political and social context of interest groups in Malta and Ireland, two small island states at the periphery of an integrated continent. The author explores the impact of the European Union on their civil society's organizations and their gradual transformation at differing speeds and logics of Europeanization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137541697
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 09/29/2015
Edition description: 1st ed. 2015
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

Mario Thomas Vassallo is Lecturer in the Department of Public Policy, University of Malta. He is the editor of the book series Public Life in Malta, which contains academic papers on governance, politics, and public affairs in the European Union's smallest member state. His main research interest is in governance and civil society, but he also works on other areas of Maltese and European politics, including local government and public sector management. He is also a contributor to radio programs featuring the connection between music, films, and politics.

Table of Contents

List of tables
List of figures
List of abbreviations
1. Introduction: Setting the conceptual and empirical platform
2. Interest representation: From behavioural to institutional models
3. Interest groups: Their typology, strategies and input towards policy success
4. Maltese and Irish soil: Configuring small polity terrain
5. Trade unions and employers' associations: Identifying signs of continuity and change
6. Social, Human Rights and Environmental Groups: Identifying signs of continuity and change
7. Putting it all together: Decoding the extent and nature of Europeanization
8. Conclusion: Going beyond the conceptual and empirical platform
Appendix AQuestionnaire respondents
Appendix BStructured questionnaire guide
Appendix CInterviews' participants

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