Participation and Policy Making in the European Union

Hardcover | September 1, 1997

EditorHelen Wallace, Alasdair R. Young

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Who really participates in the European policy process? Do organized outsiders have a clear advantage in gaining access to decision-making? If so, with what consequences? This study, based on a range of case studies of regulatory and industrial policies by a multinational team of authors, argues that the European policy process provides access points for a wide variety of interests -- firms, national trade associations, European sectoral and peak associations, clubsof big business, and 'civic' interests -- alongside the battalions of officials from the member states. The interplay between these organized interests, the member governments, and the European institutions, fostered partly by the Commission in its roles of policy initiator and arbitrator, but anticipated also in the bargaining process of the Council of Ministers, produces some policy outcomes thatare different from those in national settings. In particular, the case for liberalization and privatization is often strengthened. The emerging patterns of European governance are thus starting to change the characteristics of the European political economy.

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Who really participates in the European policy process? Do organized outsiders have a clear advantage in gaining access to decision-making? If so, with what consequences? This study, based on a range of case studies of regulatory and industrial policies by a multinational team of authors, argues that the European policy process provi...

Helen Wallace is a Professor of Contemporary European Studies and Director of the Sussex European Institute at University of Sussex. Alasdair R. Young is a Research Officer in European Politics, Sussex European Institute at the University of Sussex.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:September 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Keith Richardson: Introductory Foreword1. Helen Wallace: Introduction2. Wolfgang Wessels: The Growth and Differentiation of Multi-Level Networks: A Corporatist Mega-Bureaucracy or an Open City?3. Beate Kohler-Koch: Organized Interests in European Integration: The Evolution of a New Type of Governance4. Ernesto Previdi: Making and Enforcing Regulatory Policy in the Single Market5. Irene Bellier: The Commission as an Actor: An Anthropologist's View6. Maria Green Cowles: Organizing Industrial Coalitions: A Challenge for the Future?7. Elie Cohen: The Interplay of Corporate, National, and European Interests8. Peter Holmes and Francis McGowan: The Changing Dynamic of EU-Industry Relations: Lessons from the Liberalization of European Car and Airline Markets9. Alan Cawson: Big Firms as Political Actors: Corporate Power and the Governance of the European Consumer Electronics Industry10. Alasdair R. Young: Consumption without Representation? Consumers in the Single Market11. Helen Wallace and Alasdair R. Young: The Kaleidoscope of European Policy-Making: Shifting Patterns of Participation and Influence

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The variety of views that are brought together provide a more comprehensive, indepth understanding of what are very complex processes. Their wide scope makes them of interest to anyone engaging with the European process or the evolution of business representation and public-private relations.- Hannah Tooze. Local Government Studies.