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The State of the European Union Vol. 7With US or Against US? European Trends in American Perspective$
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Nicolas Jabko and Craig Parsons

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199283958

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199283958.001.0001

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EU Interest Representation or US‐Style Lobbying?

EU Interest Representation or US‐Style Lobbying?

(p.275) 12 EU Interest Representation or US‐Style Lobbying?
The State of the European Union Vol. 7

Justin Greenwood

Alasdair R. Young

Oxford University Press

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

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