The role of interest groups in the formulation of EC policy is a central aspect of the development of the European Community: This book is unique in providing both an academic analysis of the system and an insider's view of how lobbying actually works.
The first part examines the consequences of the increasing transference of power to Brussels in terms of the EC policy process, the activities of the Commission of the EC as an 'adolescent' bureaucracy, and the behaviour of interest associations at national and European level. Subsequent chapters look in detail at the wide range of interest groups involved in lobbying, including business, industry, the financial sector, and voluntary organizations.
The combination of contributions from academic specialists and practitioners, including Commission officials and interest group leaders, will make this book uniquely interesting as a study of a key area of the evolving European policy process.
The purpose of the Nuffield European Studies series is to provide, for students and teachers in the social sciences and related disciplines, works of an interdisciplinary and comparative nature dealing with significant political, economic, legal, and social problems confronting European nation-states and the European Community: It will comprise research monographs as well as the edited proceedings of conferences organized by the Centre for European Studies at Nuffield College, Oxford. The general editors of the series are Joachim Jens Hesse, Ford-Monnet Professor of European Politics and Comparative Government in the University of Oxford and Director of the Centre for European Studies, and Vincent Wright, Official Fellow of Nuffield College.
`The particular value of this book is that it combines academic analysis of the system with the views of insiders on how the lobbying process actually works ... This book is an excellent introduction to the subject.'
International Corporate Law
'highly informative volume ... one of the study's successful qualities is its mix of theoretical and practical insight and expertise'
Martin Westlake, Political Studies, (1994), XLII
`highly informative volume'
Martin Westlake, Political Studies
`The book as a whole is outstanding and unusual for its coherence as an edited collection ... The book is to be recommended for purchase.'
Justin Greenwood, Political Studies
`highly informative volume ... one of the study's successful qualities in its mix of theoretical and practical insight and expertise'
`Up-to-date information on interest group development and behaviour at European Community level is sorely lacking. As such, this edited volume successfully fills a large gap in the literature ... as a source of information on interest intermediation in Community policy-making, this volume is invaluable.'
West European Politics
`this edited volume successfully fills a large gap in the literature ... as a source of information on interest intermediation in Community policy-making, this volume is invaluable'
West European Politics
`This collection provides a useful and interesting introduction to what is potentially a fascinating subject.'
Local Government Studies