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"Voice and access: Political practices of European interest associations"

Beyers, Jan. (2003) "Voice and access: Political practices of European interest associations". In: UNSPECIFIED, Nashville, TN. (Unpublished)

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    This article examines to what extent European interest associations combine public political practices with seeking access to policy networks. We compare two theoretical approaches explaining the choices of political practices, one focusing on the nature of mobilized interest and another considering the institutional context in which mobilization takes place. An important part o£ the EU-literature stresses resource-based explanations and the nature of the organized interest. This perspective considers access by specific interests as more relevant than public campaigning by diffuse interests. In contrast, we claim that some institutional features of the EU stimulate the use of public political practices by diffuse interests. In the empirical section we demonstrate that, although the institutional supply of access might favor specific interests, the EU contains important opportunities for those who aim to expand the scope of political conflict.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Outside lobbying; access networks; political mobilisation.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > lobbying/interest representation
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2003 (8th), March 27-29, 2003
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2005
    Page Range: p. 39
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:24

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