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Sevin S. Andersen & Kjell A. Eliassen

In: Making Policy in Europe

Chapter 3: Informal Processes: Lobbying, Actor Strategies, Coalitions and Dependencies

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Informal Processes: Lobbying, Actor Strategies, Coalitions and Dependencies
Informal processes: Lobbying, actor strategies, coalitions and dependencies
Sevin S.Andersen and Kjell A.Eliassen

The focus of this chapter is the increased role of lobbying in decisionmaking at the European Community level. The new emerging forms of EU lobbying are part of a broader process of institutionalization that contributes to shaping a new political system in the EU. The most important EU institution is still the Council, which basically acts as an arena for national interest representation. Direct lobbying of EU institutions constitutes an important part of the decision-making process within the Union, increasing EU autonomy over the interests of the member states. Such activities have mushroomed over the last decade. As a result, we can talk about the Europeanization ...

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