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Lobbying in the European UnionInterest Groups, Lobbying Coalitions, and Policy Change$
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Heike Klüver

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199657445

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657445.001.0001

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Lobbying in Coalitions

Lobbying in Coalitions

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Lobbying in the European Union

Heike Klüver

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 presents the theoretical model. The chapter starts by specifying theoretical assumptions concerning the logic of action and the preferences of interest groups and the European institutions. Taking into account the institutional context, propositions about goods that are exchanged between interest groups and the European institutions are then deduced. It is reasoned that the European institutions trade influence for information supply, citizen support, and economic power that are provided by entire coalitions of interest groups pursuing the same policy objective. In addition, it is expected that the issue context affects the intensity of the exchange relationship between interest groups and the European institutions. The chapter concludes with the specification of the hypotheses derived from the theoretical model that guide the empirical analysis presented in the book.

Keywords:   interest groups, lobbying, policy-making European Commission, European Parliament, Council of the EU, exchange, information, citizen support, economic power, lobbying coalitions

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