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"Bringing politics back in: Rethinking the role of economic interest groups in European integration"

Grossman, Emiliano. (2003) "Bringing politics back in: Rethinking the role of economic interest groups in European integration". In: UNSPECIFIED, Nashville, TN. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    This paper argues that the most recent updates of classic integration theory tend to overstate the role of economic interest groups in European integration. Both "liberal intergovernmentalist" and "supranational governance" approaches see major economic interests -either national or transnational-as the main explanatory factor of European integration in the first place. Our view challenges both strands of literature and argues that economic interest groups are unable to act in a utility-maximizing way in a context of political uncertainty. European integration puts interest groups under "stress;" their knowledge about the political system and their political strategies are flawed by the emergence of European levels of governance. In such a context, interest groups will usually strengthen relations with national authorities. Interest groups must undergo learning processes to understand European policymaking, which is facilitated by the institutionalization of European levels of governance. Only once they have adapted, they will be able to return to utility-maximizing strategies of political representation. This paper draws on extensive field work on banking interest groups in France, Germany and the UK.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > governance: EU & national level
    Countries > France
    Countries > Germany
    Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > lobbying/interest representation
    Countries > U.K.
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: 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: 28 Sep 2006
    Page Range: p. 18
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:42
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/6495

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