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Reconciling the ‘logic of influence’ and the ‘logic of membership’ in the EU: The case of lobbying networks in environmental consultations.

Reconciling the ‘logic of influence’ and the ‘logic of membership’ in the EU: The case of lobbying networks in environmental consultations.
Reconciling the ‘logic of influence’ and the ‘logic of membership’ in the EU: The case of lobbying networks in environmental consultations.
Public consultations are an important communication channel between policymakers and interest organisations across systems and levels of governance and constitute a key venue for lobbying and interest representation. The European Union implements one of the most elaborated and complex systems of stakeholder consultations. This consultation regime constitutes an institutional constraint that structures stakeholders’ organisational and lobbying behaviour. This is particularly relevant for European level associations, which aim to perform various roles within EU policymaking but whose presence and function in Brussels are challenged by a constant increase in the direct lobbying of policymakers by individual interest organisations. In relation to this, this study asks: to what extent and in what way do public consultations support the lobbying activities of European associations in EU policymaking? The study argues that public consultations support the European associations’ lobbying by offering them a venue in which they can successfully combine their ‘logic of memerhsip’ with their ‘logic of influence’ in pursuit of their lobbying goals. The argument is supported with examples and evidence from five public consultations conducted by the European Commission in the environmental policy and two consultations on reforming the EU Better Regulation policy.
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Bunea, Adriana
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Bunea, Adriana
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Bunea, Adriana (2017) Reconciling the ‘logic of influence’ and the ‘logic of membership’ in the EU: The case of lobbying networks in environmental consultations. In, Lobbying in the European Union: Successful Strategies and Techniques. Springer. (In Press)

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Public consultations are an important communication channel between policymakers and interest organisations across systems and levels of governance and constitute a key venue for lobbying and interest representation. The European Union implements one of the most elaborated and complex systems of stakeholder consultations. This consultation regime constitutes an institutional constraint that structures stakeholders’ organisational and lobbying behaviour. This is particularly relevant for European level associations, which aim to perform various roles within EU policymaking but whose presence and function in Brussels are challenged by a constant increase in the direct lobbying of policymakers by individual interest organisations. In relation to this, this study asks: to what extent and in what way do public consultations support the lobbying activities of European associations in EU policymaking? The study argues that public consultations support the European associations’ lobbying by offering them a venue in which they can successfully combine their ‘logic of memerhsip’ with their ‘logic of influence’ in pursuit of their lobbying goals. The argument is supported with examples and evidence from five public consultations conducted by the European Commission in the environmental policy and two consultations on reforming the EU Better Regulation policy.

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Accepted/In Press date: 6 January 2017
Additional Information: In Dialer, Doris and Richter, Margarethe (eds.) Lobbying in the European Union: Successful Strategies and Techniques. Springer. Forthcoming autumn 2017.

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URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/414281
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Date deposited: 21 Sep 2017 16:31
Last modified: 13 Mar 2019 19:50

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