Interest groups and patterns of lobbying in Brussels

Authored by: Justin Greenwood

Routledge Handbook of European Politics

Print publication date:  January  2015
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415626750
eBook ISBN: 9781315755830
Adobe ISBN: 9781317628361

10.4324/9781315755830.ch43

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Abstract

Most developed political systems feature substantial interactions with stakeholders; however, the EU is remarkable in its high degree of dependence upon organized interests to achieve systemic goals, as exemplified by the significant extent of EU funding for NGOs. Before examining the specificities of the EU system of interest representation, the first section of this chapter contextualizes a set of more generally applicable issues regarding the role of interest groups in political participation. This will clarify the factors affecting the systemic dependencies upon organized interests in the EU political system, as well as the principles that inform the instruments used by EU political institutions to structure their relationships with interest organizations.

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