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National Interest Organizations in the EU Multilevel System

1st Edition

Edited by Rainer Eising, Daniel Rasch, Patrycja Rozbicka


220 pages

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Political scientists have always accorded interest organizations a prominent place in European Union (EU) policy-making because they connect the EU institutions to citizens, provide important information to EU policy-makers, and control resources that impact on the problem-solving capacity of EU policies. In other words, they are vital to both the input legitimacy and the output legitimacy of the EU. So far, research on interest organizations in EU policy-making has concentrated on EU-level interest organizations and EU-level politics. This edited book draws attention to the role national interest organizations play in the EU multilevel system. All contributions present state-of-the-art research on that subject in the form of theory-driven empirical analyses.

Chapter 8 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license.

Table of Contents

Introduction: National interest organisations in EU policy-making

Rainer Eising, Daniel Rasch and Patrycja Rozbicka

Part I. Studying the alignments of national interest organisations

1. Who says what to whom? Alignments and arguments in EU policy-making

Rainer Eising, Daniel Rasch, Patrycja Rozbicka, Danica Fink-Hafner, Mitja Hafner-Fink and Meta Novak

2. Government–business relations in multilevel systems: the effect of conflict perception on venue choice

David Marshall and Patrick Bernhagen

3. German MPs and interest groups in EU multilevel policy-making: the politics of information exchange

Arndt Wonka

4. Imperfect public goods and the logic of selective exit in EU interest organisations

Rainer Eising

Part 2. Europeanisation and access of national interest organisations

5. The multilevel interest representation of national business associations

Beate Kohler-Koch, Peter Kotzian and Christine Quittkat

6. Adapting to Europe? Business interests and civil society groups in accession countries

Aneta Cekik

7. Networkers, fund hunters, intermediaries, or policy players? The activities of regions in Brussels

Michaël Tatham

Part 3. Population ecology of interest organisations in the EU: a biased system?

8. Is the EU different? Comparing the diversity of national and EU-level systems of interest organisations

Joost Berkhout, Marcel Hanegraaff and Caelesta Braun

9. Cultural capital and the density of organised interests lobbying the European Parliament

Brendan J. Carroll and Anne Rasmussen

About the Editors

Rainer Eising is a Professor of Comparative Politics at the Ruhr-University Bochum. He has published widely on interest groups, multilevel governance, and policy-making in the EU. He was principal investigator in the INTEREURO project and has recently directed a MERCUR project on interest groups in German political arenas.

Daniel Rasch is a post-doctoral researcher at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer. His research focuses on international as well as national interest mediation, governance and research methods.

Patrycja Rozbicka is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the Aston Centre for Europe, Aston University, Birmingham, UK. Her research focuses on the comparative analysis of interest groups’ activity in national and European policy-making, and politics of live music industry in the UK and Europe.

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West European Politics

West European Politics has established itself as the foremost journal for the comparative analysis of European political institutions, politics and public policy. Its comprehensive scope, which includes the European Union, makes it essential reading for both academics and political practitioners. The books in this series have originated from special issues published by West European Politics.

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