Lobbying the European Union:Institutions, Actors, and Issues: Institutions, Actors, and Issues

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David Coen, Jeremy Richardson
OUP Oxford, Jun 4, 2009 - Political Science - 390 pages
It is universally accepted that there has been a huge growth in EU lobbying over the past few decades. There is now a dense EU interest group system. This entirely new volume, inspired by Mazey & Richardson's 1993 book Lobbying in the European Community, seeks to understand the role of interest groups in the policy process from agenda-setting to implementation. Specifically, the book is interested in observing how interest groups organise to influence the EUinstitutions and how they select different coalitions along the policy process and in different policy domains.In looking at 20 years of change, the book captures processes of institutional and actor learning, professionalisation of lobbying, and the possible emergence of a distinct EU public policy style. More specifically, from the actors' perspective, the editors are interested in assessing how the rise of direct lobbying and the emergence of fluid issue-based coalitions has changed the logic of collective action, and what is the potential impact of 'venue-shopping' on reputation and influence. Froman institutional perspective, the contributors explore resource and legitimacy demands, and the practical impact of consultation processes on the emergence of a distinct EU lobbying relationship. It will be essential reading for academics and practitioners alike.

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About the author (2009)

David Coen is Professor of Public Policy in the School of Public Policy at University College London (UCL). Prior to joining UCL he held appointments at the London Business School and Max Planck Institute in Cologne and was awarded a PhD at the European University Institute in Florence. In recent years he has been a Fulbright distinguished scholar at the Centre for European Studies at Harvard University, and visiting fellow at Boston University, Nuffield College Oxford University, and MaxPlanck Institute, Bonn. He is the Chair of the International Political Studies Association (IPSA) Research Committee on Business and Government, a board member of the European Centre for Public Affairs, and a member of the editorial board of Business Strategy Review. He has held grants from the British Academy, European Union, Fulbright Foundation, London University and Anglo-German Foundation. His research is firmly embedded in the development of models and processes of EU public policy andregulatory reform. Jeremy Richardson has held chairs of Political Science at the Universities of Strathclyde, Warwick, Essex, and Oxford. He is a recognised authority in the fields of comparative public policy and the EU policy process and has published widely over a period of more than forty years. He founded The Journal of European Public Policy in 1992 and continues to edit the Journal, based at the National Centre for Research on Europe, at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He also remains an Emeritus Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. He was co-editor, with Sonia Mazey, of the very successful 1993 volume on Lobbying in the EC, of which this new volume is the successor.

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