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Jack Hayward and Anand Menon

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250158

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199250154.001.0001

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Interest Groups and the Brussels Bureaucracy

Interest Groups and the Brussels Bureaucracy

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(p.208) 13 Interest Groups and the Brussels Bureaucracy
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Governing Europe
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Sonia Mazey

Jeremy Richardson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199250154.003.0013

The chapter first discusses the logic of lobbying of the European Commission by interest groups. The rest of the discussion is divided into three parts. The first section highlights the organizational and cultural characteristics of the Commission bureaucracy and the implications of these characteristics for groups seeking to develop effective lobbying strategies. The second section examines in detail recent attempts by the Commission to structure and institutionalize interest group consultation; this analysis highlights the increasing importance of both ‘thin’ and ‘thick’ consultative structures. The concluding section briefly considers the utility and limitations of group pluralism within the Commission and asks whether the neo–functionalist predictions have, in the event, turned out to be surprisingly accurate.

Keywords:   bureaucracy, consultative structures, European Commission bureaucracy, European Commission, group pluralism, institutionalization, interest group consultation, interest groups, lobbying strategies, lobbying, pluralism

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