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Inside the EU Business Associations - J. Greenwood

Inside the EU Business Associations

Hardcover Published: 5th December 2001
ISBN: 9780333793763
Number Of Pages: 172

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This book is based on fresh and original research with 50 EU business associations and 150 of their members, drawing on literature from a wide range of disciplines, and presents some highly original synthesis. It assesses the effectiveness of EU business associations and their potential to bring value to the EU policy-making process and to their members, and lends a methodology by which they can be evaluated.The book bocates and assesses factors in the environment of EU business associations that influence their 'governabliity,' that is their ability to unify their members' intersts and to ensure they work together for the sam purpose. It then examines variation in the governability of EU business associations. From this, the reader will be able to understand the prospect for, and limitations on, the effectiveness of EU business associations, why they vary in their capacities and performance, and why they vary in their ability to bring value to their members and to the EU policy-making process.

List of Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
EU business interest associations in overviewp. 3
Making connections: the debates to which EU business interest associations are centralp. 20
Methodologyp. 29
Deductive or inductive methodologies?p. 29
Data collectionp. 32
Governability Factors in EU Business Associationsp. 45
Degree of specialism in the product chainp. 45
'issue-niche' organisationsp. 47
Membership densityp. 48
Member/non-member activity in Brussels; counter-lobbying by membersp. 49
Involvement with cross-sectoral organisationsp. 52
Specific regulatory regime activity and/or seeking regulation; self-regulationp. 53
Association used for lobbyingp. 57
Association used by members for information; transaction-cost savings; trust between members; degree of EU identity in global tradep. 57
Other incentives, for example access to other organisationsp. 64
Autonomy from members; threat of exitp. 64
European or national marketsp. 69
Collective cloakp. 70
Common enemyp. 71
Extent of competition within sector; overcapacity; degree of concentration; disruptive MandA activity; degree of firms of similar size; technology divisionsp. 72
Proneness to lowest-common-denominator policy positionsp. 77
Membership for benefits of membership; extent of evaluation undertaken; membership to avoid costs of non-membershipp. 80
Results and Analysis: Domain-Based Associationsp. 83
Factors weighted '5'p. 99
Factors weighted '4'p. 105
Factors weighted '3'p. 108
Factors weighted '2'p. 109
Factors weighted '1'p. 111
Review of weightingsp. 112
Business-Wide Associationsp. 115
Unicep. 118
Amcham-EU: 'The EU Committee'p. 125
The ERTp. 130
Eurochambresp. 135
Ueapmep. 138
Conclusionsp. 144
Conclusionsp. 149
True to type: the special character of EU business associationsp. 149
Explaining variations in the governability of EU business associationsp. 155
The methodological legacyp. 158
Members of EU Business Associations--Interviewsp. 160
Bibliographyp. 163
Indexp. 168
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ISBN: 9780333793763
ISBN-10: 0333793765
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 5th December 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.33  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1