Civil society organisations advocating for a wide variety of producer and citizen interests play a highly institutionalised role in the EU political system.
The course will therefore evaluate:
- why the EU has become inter-dependent with organised civil society interests, and the consequences for different kinds of legitimacy;
- the extent to which the EU interest representation system is unique, or shares features to be found in other political systems.
- the ways in which the properties of the EU political system, and the architecture of EU decision making, structures the character of EU interest representation;
- the instruments through which EU institutions structure their dialogue with outside stakeholders, and their impact on legitimacy;
- the impact which organised interests have upon policy-making outcomes, and whether one type of interest can routinely dominate in the EU’s multi-governance system;
- the use made of interest organisations by EU political institutions to achieve their goals;
- the factors explaining the mobilisation and political behaviour of different interest constituencies, organised interests, and social movements.
2022 - 2023