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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Interest Representation in the European Union

Edition 4th Edition
ISBN 9781137491329
Publication Date June 2017
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series The European Union Series

• Why is the EU so reliant upon exchanges with interest organisations?

• What safeguards have been developed to prevent capture by special interests, and how effective are these?

• How does the EU system of interest representation compare with those of other systems, and what are its unique features?

The fully revised fourth edition of this highly-acclaimed book provides an authoritative and comprehensive assessment of the role of organized interests in the EU. Showing that interest representation is a key aspect of the European project, it examines the significance of interests for everyday policy-making, for European integration, and for the democratic legitimacy of the EU. Accessibly written and thoroughly updated, the new edition contains additional material on the regulation of lobbying and the European Transparency Register.

JUSTIN GREENWOOD is Professor of European Public Policy at the Aberdeen Business School, UK, and a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe.

1. Introduction.- 2. EU Decision-Making and Channels of Influence.- 3.The Regulation of Lobbying and the European Transparency Register.- 4. Business Interests and the Professions.- 5. Labour Interests.- 6. Citizen Interests.- 7. Territorial Interests.- 8. Organized Civil Society and European Integration.


Reviews of previous edition:
'Well informed and perceptive, a very accomplished book which really does add to the sum of knowledge about, and understanding of, the way that Europe really works.' - Neil Kinnock, former Vice-President, European Commission
'Greenwood provides a lucid and authoritative account of interest representation, based on his own researches and a mastery of the specialist literature... This is a really excellent book which should be read with pleasure and profit both by undergraduates and advanced researchers in the field.' - Andrew Macmullen, Political Studies
'[A] really excellent book. It is packed with information, and elegantly written. [T]his book admirably justifies [the author's] assertion that what he is studying is not a narrow specialism within the study of the EU, but a central aspect of the subject.' - Stephen George
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