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Transnational Elites in the ILO and the EESC: Do non-governmental actors matter?

Kissack, Robert. (2007) Transnational Elites in the ILO and the EESC: Do non-governmental actors matter? In: UNSPECIFIED, Montreal, Canada. (Unpublished)

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    This paper is based on a comparative survey of the membership of the European Union’s Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the International Labour Organisation’s Governing Body between 1990 and 2007. A number of key individuals served in both institutions as members of either workers’ or employers’ representatives. To what extent are these transnational actors able to promote the interests of the EU in the ILO or vice versa, through non-governmental channels? This paper is a preliminary step towards answering that question by establishing their existence and comparing them to the existing literature on transnational actors, in particular Keck and Sikkink’s advocacy networks and Haas’ epistemic communities. The paper concludes that in this case the actors exhibit characteristics of both, and discusses what further research this finding necessitates.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Foreign Policy; International Labour Organisation; transnational actors; transnational advocacy networks; epistemic communities; Economic and Social Committee.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Other international institutions > ILO
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > Economic and Social Committee
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2007 (10th), May 17-19, 2007
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2008
    Page Range: p. 25
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:51

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