Unique in bringing together contributions from academics and practitioners on the theme of strategic, intelligent modern lobbying this book provides a thorough and accessible discussion on key ideas pertinent to the pursuance of public affairs in the European Union. Combining innovative academic research with first-hand professional experience it offers the reader a combination of practical recommendations, case studies and academic theory to add new insights to interest group research and lobbying strategies. While focusing on the European Union the contributors acknowledge the multi-level dimension of EU decision-making and incorporate research on multi-level governance as well as lobbying by sub-national authorities. Through this they present a fuller picture of a subject that should appeal to students, academics and practitioners alike.
’The attention of scholars and practitioners to EU interest representation has grown rapidly, but thus far the two communities have rarely met. This volume is the first in its kind to bring together academic and practice oriented work on public affairs in the EU. It is state of the art and stimulating, a much needed contribution to this developing field.’ Arco Timmermans, Leiden University, the Netherlands ’This book offers a unique collection of state-of-the art scientific expertise and insightful professional perspectives on lobbying and public affairs in the European Union. It is one of the first true dialogues between academic and professional experts within this field and is therefore very valuable for both academics and professionals interested in the role of societal interests in the European Union.’ Caelesta Braun, Utrecht University, The Netherlands