This Second Edition of Making Policy in Europe is fully revised and expanded to provide the most up-to-date introduction to the study of policymaking in the European Union (EU). The first part of the book introduces the different perspectives to study of the EU as a political system, and provides a framework for the study of the main actors and institutions in the decision-making process from transnational lobbying within Brussels to the implementation of EU law in national member states. Part two introduces each of the main sectoral policy areas. The common "market" is introduced and reviewed before students are provided with detailed studies of policies and policy-making in telecommunication

Informal Processes: Lobbying, Actor Strategies, Coalitions and Dependencies

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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