EU Interest Representation or US‐Style Lobbying?

Justin Greenwood and Alasdair R. Young

in The State of the European Union Vol. 7

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780199283958
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603297 | DOI:
EU Interest Representation or US‐Style Lobbying?

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While the number of interest groups competing for influence at the European level has exploded, the EU policy process is usually described as strikingly apolitical. The initial surge in interest group participation was principally a consequence of the transfer of authority to the EU, and of greater policy activity in the wake of the single market program. Subsequent efforts to integrate interest groups more fully into the policy process reflected an effort to extend democracy. The still-limited scope of EU authority, however, also restricts the successful extension of democracy at the European level.

Keywords: single market; governance; EU constitution; democracy; civil society; pluralism; apolitical

Chapter.  8960 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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