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Access of Experts: Information and EU decision making

Gornitzka, Asa and Sverdrup, Ulf (2009) Access of Experts: Information and EU decision making. In: UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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    Who provides the European Union with information? This paper examines patterns of participation in the large expert group system under the European Commission. We explore competing propositions about the character of the Commission’s information system, and test four hypothesis about what affects participation in the EU expert group system. We separate between three kinds of information providers: scientists, societal actors and government officials. The empirical section of the paper builds upon an analysis of a data set covering all of Commission expert groups (N=1237). Although scientists, and interest groups, industries and NGOs are prevalent information providers for the Commission, we show that the informational foundation is strongly biased towards officials from national administrations. We argue that these distinct patterns of participation increase the ability of the Commission to anticipate reactions to its proposals and initiatives.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Commission
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > decision making/policy-making
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2009 (11th), April 23-25, 2009
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2013 17:32
    Number of Pages: 40
    Last Modified: 08 Jan 2013 17:32

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