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 (Unpublished)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