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Explaining interest groups’ articulation of policy preferences in the European Commission’s open consultations. An analysis of the environmental policy area.

Explaining interest groups’ articulation of policy preferences in the European Commission’s open consultations. An analysis of the environmental policy area.
Explaining interest groups’ articulation of policy preferences in the European Commission’s open consultations. An analysis of the environmental policy area.
Why do some interest groups express more policy preferences than others during open consultations organized by the European Commission? This article examines this question by testing an explanatory framework that emphasizes the inter-organizational context in which lobbying takes place and interest groups' resource endowment. The empirical analysis focuses on environmental policy-making. The findings show that interest groups' preference articulation behaviour is largely influenced by the number of inter-organizational linkages they have with other stakeholders. Resource endowment matters in that resource-rich interest organizations are found to be less likely to articulate their preferences via open consultations. Interest groups' organizational form is also a relevant predictor of the likelihood they articulate preferences: in consultations, European federations voice more preferences than national or individual organizations.
0021-9886
1224-1241
Bunea, Adriana
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Bunea, Adriana
35890bfe-2932-48ee-aef8-4a393a42eed1

Bunea, Adriana (2014) Explaining interest groups’ articulation of policy preferences in the European Commission’s open consultations. An analysis of the environmental policy area. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 52 (6), 1224-1241. (doi:10.1111/jcms.12151).

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Why do some interest groups express more policy preferences than others during open consultations organized by the European Commission? This article examines this question by testing an explanatory framework that emphasizes the inter-organizational context in which lobbying takes place and interest groups' resource endowment. The empirical analysis focuses on environmental policy-making. The findings show that interest groups' preference articulation behaviour is largely influenced by the number of inter-organizational linkages they have with other stakeholders. Resource endowment matters in that resource-rich interest organizations are found to be less likely to articulate their preferences via open consultations. Interest groups' organizational form is also a relevant predictor of the likelihood they articulate preferences: in consultations, European federations voice more preferences than national or individual organizations.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 3 April 2014
Published date: November 2014
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 400381
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/400381
ISSN: 0021-9886
PURE UUID: 85b6808d-e053-42df-81bc-a338e23b4a5d

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Author: Adriana Bunea

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