Insiders versus Outsiders: Interest Group Politics in Multilevel Europe by Andreas DurInsiders versus Outsiders: Interest Group Politics in Multilevel Europe by Andreas Dur

Insiders versus Outsiders: Interest Group Politics in Multilevel Europe

byAndreas Dur, Gemma Mateo

Hardcover | August 13, 2016

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What explains differences in the lobbying behaviour of interest groups? And what consequences do these differences have for the access that interest groups can gain to decision-makers and the influence that they can exert on policy outcomes? Building on an unprecedented amount of empirical evidence on lobbying in Europe, this book puts forward a distinction between lobbying insiders and lobbying outsiders. Lobbying insiders, most prominently business interests, try to establish direct contacts with decision-makers, enjoy good access toexecutive institutions, and manage to shape policy outcomes when mobilizing the public on an issue is difficult. Lobbying outsiders, in particular citizen groups such as consumer, environmental or health non-governmental organizations, put greater emphasis on mobilizing the public or changing publicattitudes, find it easier to gain access to legislative decision-makers, and have the greatest impact on outcomes on issues that are amenable to an outside lobbying campaign. The book shows that a single argument, building on group type as the main variable, can explain variation across interest groups in their choice of strategy, their access to decision-makers, and the conditions under which they can exert influence. The existence of lobbying insiders and lobbyingoutsiders has important implications for both our understanding of political decision-making and the normative appraisal of contemporary democracy.
Andreas Dur is Professor of International Politics at the University of Salzburg. His research interests include interest groups, trade policy and European integration. Next to having published a large number of journal articles, he is also the author of Protection for Exporters: Power and Discrimination in Transatlantic Trade Relation...
Title:Insiders versus Outsiders: Interest Group Politics in Multilevel EuropeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pagesPublished:August 13, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198785658

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Lobbying Insiders and Lobbying Outsiders3. Studying Lobbying in Multilevel Europe4. A Map of Interest Group Activity in Europe5. Strategies I: Gaining Access or Going Public6. Strategies II: Insiders and Outsiders in Three Campaigns7. Europeanization: Business Associations as Multilevel Players8. Access: Bias in the Heavenly Choir9. Influence: Lobbying, Public Salience and Outcomes10. Conclusion