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 EU institutions 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. From
an 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.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 390
Weight: 692 g
Dimensions: 242 x 161 x 29 mm
a comprehensive update of Mazey and Richardson's edited Lobbying in the European Community * Clive S. Thomas, West European Politics *
Given the attention lavished on EU interest group politics, our sum of knowledge regarding their impact on EU policy can seem meagre, or at the very least, difficult to piece together. Those looking to navigate this jungle would be wise to pick up David Coen and Jeremy Richardson's edited volume, Lobbying the European Union... What Lobbying the European Union does best is bring the policy process back in...the contributor remind us that the forces
at work in policy-making are something that scholars around the world can recognize, analyse and compare with those of other systems. This is where the book makes a significant contribution, making it an excellent read for the broader audience interested in waht we can learn from how the EU system has matured as well
as committed lobbying geeks. * Holly Jarman, SUNY Albany, for Journal of Common Market Studies *