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Organized Interests in the European Union1
Organized interests in the European Union
Introduction: Shooting Where the Ducks Are

It is by now conventional wisdom to claim that the EU is sui generis. However, we need to recognize that the EU is now a relatively mature policy-making system. It is also a very productive policy-making system. In a sense, there is a policy-making engine at work within the EU that continues to churn out a mass of EU-level public policy that the 25 member states then have to implement. Thus the EU is a ‘policymaking state’ (Richardson 2005). Indeed, much of the criticism of the EU over the past decade (and part of the basis of the growing Euro-scepticism) has been centred upon the alleged ‘excessive’ policy-making role ...

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