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The Europeanization of Interest Representation: A Strategic Decision-Making Analysis of UK Business and Environmental Interests

Fairbrass, Jenny. (2002) The Europeanization of Interest Representation: A Strategic Decision-Making Analysis of UK Business and Environmental Interests. In: UNSPECIFIED, Sheffield, UK.

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      Abstract

      The point of departure for this paper is that the European Union (EU) has affected national politics, policies and polities. This process, labelled Europeanization, has led to changes in two interconnected political dimensions. First, it has led to modifications in the relationships between state and non-state actors within the national arena. Second, it has changed the interactions between the sub-national, national and supranational actors (state and non-state). To explore these propositions the paper conducts an analysis of the interest representation patterns exhibited by non-state actors. The paper compares firms (in the telecommunications, gas and electricity sectors) and environmental groups (focused on nature conservation or biodiversity policy), both based in the United Kingdom (UK), in order to determine how, to what extent and why Europeanization has affected their interest representation behaviour. The activities displayed by the two sets of interests are compared and contrasted in terms of chosen lobbying targets (i.e. national government departments and EU institutions), routes and allies (i.e. direct contact or via intermediaries such as Euro-groups) and the timing and character of the contact. Ideas and tools drawn from management science (i.e. strategic decision making analyses) are employed to assist in deriving the causal explanations for the Europeanized patterns of behaviour. It is argued that a combination of the three strategic decision making factors (i.e. internal organizational resources, objectives (and perceived rewards) and external political environments explain the contrasting behaviour of the firms and environmental groups.

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      Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
      Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > lobbying/interest representation
      Countries > U.K.
      EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > telecommunication policy
      EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > europeanisation/europeanization & European identity
      EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > energy policy
      EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > business/private economic activity
      EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > environmental policy (including international arena)
      Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
      EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
      EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
      Conference: University of Sheffield, Department of Politics > ESRC/UACES Series of Seminars on EBPP > 2002-11-29 Seminar on EBPP
      Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
      Official EU Document: No
      Language: English
      Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2004
      Page Range: p. 42
      Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:19
      URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1723

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