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Lobbying in EU Foreign Policy-making

The case of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, 1st Edition

By Benedetta Voltolini


224 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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This book examines lobbying in EU foreign policy-making and the activities of non-state actors (NSAs), focusing on EU foreign policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It sheds light on the interactions between the EU and NSAs as well as the ways in which NSAs attempt to shape EU foreign policies. By analysing issues that have not yet received systematic attention in the literature, this book offers new insights into lobbying in EU foreign policy, EU relations surrounding the conflict and the EU’s broader role in the peace process.

The book will be of key interest to scholars and students of political science, international relations, EU politics, EU foreign policy-making, Middle East studies and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


‘Benedetta Voltolini’s book is an insightful and inspiring read, essential for all those with an interest in European integration, European foreign policy, interest groups and the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Uncovering the role of non-state actors in EU policy towards the Israeli–Palestinian conflict has been long overdue. Voltolini has done a superb job at opening up this new avenue of research.’

Nathalie Tocci, Deputy Director IAI and Special Advisor to the EU High Representative

‘The book plunges into the fascinating and poorly known universe of lobbying on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Private actors from both sides of the conflict do not co-opt policy-makers, but their actions shape how issues are understood and communicated. By analysing commercial and humanitarian policies, the book demonstrates that non-state actors contribute significantly to areas that we associate more commonly with high politics and diplomatic relations. A must-read for anyone who wants to know how the European Union's foreign policy is made.’

Cornelia Woll, Professor of Political Science, Sciences Po, Paris

Table of Contents

Introduction: ‘Embedded’ lobbying in EU foreign policy 1 Exploring lobbying in EU foreign policy-making 2 The EU and the Israeli–Palestinian conflict: An overview of declarations, policies and actors 3: Who’s who? Mapping non-state actors in EU policies towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict 4: Trade relations between the EU and Israel: Lobbying on the territorial scope of the EU–Israel Association Agreement 5 The Goldstone Report: To endorse or not to endorse it? 6 Framing the EU–Israel Agreement on pharmaceutical products: Cheaper medicines, territorial scope or policy coherence? 7 Using the national level to lobby the EU 8 Conclusions

About the Author

Benedetta Voltolini is Lecturer in International Relations at the Department of Political Science, Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

About the Series

Routledge/UACES Contemporary European Studies

The Contemporary European Studies Series is an outlet for the publication of first-rate research in European Union Studies. The series primarily publishes research monographs but will also consider proposals for research-driven and thematic edited volumes. Although predominantly a Politics/IR and Law series, the series editors are keen to encourage approaches that are interdisciplinary. CES seeks to publish excellent material from both established and new scholars.

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