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Sharing ties and preferences: Stakeholders' position alignments in the European Commission's open consultations

Sharing ties and preferences: Stakeholders' position alignments in the European Commission's open consultations
Sharing ties and preferences: Stakeholders' position alignments in the European Commission's open consultations
What explains interest groups’ position alignments in the European Commission’s open consultations? The article argues that formal membership ties facilitate organisational coordination and the creation of lobbying coalitions among interest groups, which in turn affects their position alignments. This argument is supported by empirical evidence from five environmental consultations. Sharing a formal membership tie within an over-arching organisational structure has a stronger effect on position alignment than the fact of representing the same type of interest or having the same organisational form. Coordinated, coalition-based lobbying accounts to a significant extent for stakeholders’ position alignments in the EU open consultations. The ‘social’ embeddedness of lobbying has a direct effect on the advocacy strategies interest groups decide to employ during the early stages of EU policymaking
1465-1165
281-299
Bunea, Adriana
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Bunea, Adriana
35890bfe-2932-48ee-aef8-4a393a42eed1

Bunea, Adriana (2015) Sharing ties and preferences: Stakeholders' position alignments in the European Commission's open consultations. European Union Politics, 16 (2), 281-299. (doi:10.1177/1465116514558338).

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What explains interest groups’ position alignments in the European Commission’s open consultations? The article argues that formal membership ties facilitate organisational coordination and the creation of lobbying coalitions among interest groups, which in turn affects their position alignments. This argument is supported by empirical evidence from five environmental consultations. Sharing a formal membership tie within an over-arching organisational structure has a stronger effect on position alignment than the fact of representing the same type of interest or having the same organisational form. Coordinated, coalition-based lobbying accounts to a significant extent for stakeholders’ position alignments in the EU open consultations. The ‘social’ embeddedness of lobbying has a direct effect on the advocacy strategies interest groups decide to employ during the early stages of EU policymaking

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Published date: 25 May 2015
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 400378
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/400378
ISSN: 1465-1165
PURE UUID: dccfe82d-8b7a-4d4a-b3c4-1e07ab48bf2d

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Date deposited: 15 Sep 2016 13:35
Last modified: 15 Jul 2019 20:07

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