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"Policy-Making Styles in the European Community: Consultation of Groups and the Process of European Integration"

Mazey, Sonia and Richardson, Jeremy. (1993) "Policy-Making Styles in the European Community: Consultation of Groups and the Process of European Integration". In: UNSPECIFIED, Washington, DC. (Unpublished)

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    As power shifts to Brussels and Strasbourg, few policy areas are not subject to some degree of EC influence. As a result, most major interests in Western Europe are now mobilised to influence policy-making at the European level. In particular, interest group activity appears to be concentrated on bureaucratic structures at the European level--from the Commission itself to technical standards setting bodies. Even though the rules of the game for lobbyists are rather similar to those at the national level, the EC policy process if still unpredictable, particularly in terms of setting the policy agenda. There are, however, signs that some models of national policy-making, particularly those based upon the analysis of policy communities and policy networks, may have some applications at the EC level. Following Lehmbruch, it is argued that the Commission is playing an important role in the institutionalisation of network configurations. The evolution of stable sectoral networks is still underway, but this process is a reflection of a long Western-European tradition of the integration of interest groups into policymaking and implementing processes.

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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
    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 > 1993 (3rd), May 27-29, 1993
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 28 May 2007
    Page Range: p. 33
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:47

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