Thomas, Clive S. and Boyer, Michael L. (2001) "The American interest group community in the European Union: Development, make-up, and operating techniques". In: UNSPECIFIED, Madison, Wisconsin. (Unpublished)
Specifically, the paper has three purposes: (1) to trace the development of the U.S. interest group community in the EU and outline its present make-up: (2) to assess reasons for success and failure of American groups lobbying there; and (3) to make preliminary observations about the extent to which lobbying techniques transfer across political systems. More detailed analysis of each of these subjects will come in later papers. Based on the extensive data gathered in the project his paper simply maps the terrain and lays the foundation for later work. For example, although the paper identifies factors appearing to determine the success or failure of American groups, an attempt to assess the success of individual interests and segments of the American lobby will be the subject of a later study. Similarly, at this stage, the concern is not to develop a theoretical explanation of the operation of the American lobby in the EU or offer a theory of transnational lobbying. However, the paper does identify and briefly explain elements that might constitute such theories particularly in regard to transnational lobbying and offers the first comprehensive overview of American groups lobbying in the EU.
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