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GREENWOOD Justin & DELALANDE Pierre - Interest Representation in the EU (20h)

Whilst "lobbying" conjures popular images of public decision making captured by selective private interests in invisible ways, interactions between international political institutions and a variety of organized interests (producer, citizen, etc.) play a systemic and routinized role in the functioning of international organizations, regulated for the achievement of public goals.  Because international organizations have weaker connections to civil society than national governments, they use organized civil society (interest and advocacy groups, etc.) as the nearest (though imperfect) proxy.  Interest groups provide information and political support for international organizations to achieve their policy goals, and thus political institutions lobby advocacy groups in order to achieve their goals, as well as vica-versa.  Advocacy groups provide a source of contestation in a political system otherwise founded on consensus.  We evaluate in this course:

  • The instruments through which EU institutions structure their dialogue with outside stakeholders;
  • The consequences of this dialogue for different kinds of legitimacy;
  • The limitations of interest organizations as sources of legitimacy;
  • The ways in which the properties of the EU political system, and the architecture of EU decision making, structures the character and modus operandi of EU interest representation;
  • Who wins? i.e. the ways in which different types of underlying politics inform different distributions of costs and benefits in legislative proposals;
  • The use made of interest organizations by EU political institutions to achieve their goals;
  • The impact of direct participatory measures) on the EU system of interest representation;
  • The political behaviour and mobilization of different interest constituencies and the factors which explain them;
  • The extent to which the system of EU interest representation is unique, or is comparable to features to be found in other political systems.

Highlights of teaching and learning strategies include: case studies with discussion and small group problem-solving elements, work with databases, common readings followed by class discussion, elective presentations, traditional lectures, course intranet discussions. // ECTS card

Professors: Justin GREENWOOD & Pierre DELALANDE