Lobbying in the European Union: Interest Groups, Lobbying Coalitions, and Policy Change

Hardcover | March 10, 2013

byHeike Kluver

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Why can some interest groups influence policy-making while others cannot? Even though this question is central to the study of politics, we know little about the factors explaining interest group influence. Understanding lobbying success should be of particular concern to scholars of Europeanpolitics since the European Union constitutes a promising political opportunity structure for organized interests. This book sheds light on the impact of interest groups on European policy-making and makes a major contribution to the study of both European Union politics and interest groups moregenerally. Kluver develops a comprehensive theoretical model for understanding lobbying success and presents an extensive empirical analysis of interest group influence on policy-making in the EU. The book relies on a large, new, and innovative dataset that combines a wide variety of data sources including a quantitative text analysis of European Commission consultations, an online survey of interest groups, information gathered on interest group websites, and legislative data retrieved fromEU databases. This book analyzes interest group influence across 56 policy issues and 2,696 interest groups and shows that lobbying is an exchange relationship in which the European institutions trade influence for information, citizen support and economic power. Importantly, this book demonstratesthat it is not sufficient to solely focus on individual interest groups, but that it is crucial how interest groups come together in issue-specific lobbying coalitions. Lobbying is a collective enterprise in which information supply, citizen support, and economic power of entire lobbying coalitionsare decisive for lobbying success.

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Why can some interest groups influence policy-making while others cannot? Even though this question is central to the study of politics, we know little about the factors explaining interest group influence. Understanding lobbying success should be of particular concern to scholars of Europeanpolitics since the European Union constitute...

Heike Kluver, before going to Konstanz, was working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Political Science and International Relations and Nuffield College at the University of Oxford. She received her PhD from the University of Mannheim and her research focuses on interest groups, political parties, and legislative p...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:March 10, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199657440

ISBN - 13:9780199657445

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Lobbying in Coalitions2. How to Measure Interest Group Influence3. Mapping European Union lobbying4. Policy Debates, Interest Groups, and the Structure of Conflict5. The Policy Formulation Stage: Interest Groups and the European Commission6. The Decision-Making Stage: Bringing the Council and the European Parliament in7. Conclusions and Implications: Interest Groups, European Politics, and DemocracyBibliographyAppendix 1: Association QuestionnaireAppendix 2: Company Questionnaire