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EU Lobbying


Admission requirements

Admission to the Master International Relations, track European Union Studies.


With the broadening and deepening of EU competences (most recently a.o.: Lisbon Treaty, debates on the fiscal and financial crisis), a growing number and variety of interest groups try to have an impact on EU policies and their implementation: companies, non-governmental organisations, parastatal institutions, regional interests, etc. In addition to, and interplay with these institutional outsiders, no less intra-institutional lobbying takes place between and inside the Commission, Parliament and Council, advisory bodies etc.
The course will deal with a broad variety of aspects of EU lobbying, including:

  • General aspects of (EU) lobbying, in relation to decision making processes and formal procedures

  • Lobbying by economic stakeholders

  • Citizens’ input into EU decision making

  • Lobbying in practice

  • Scientific approaches to EU lobbying

  • EU lobbying regulations, transparency, ethics, relation with democracy

Course objectives

Students will, through the common handbook and additional articles, and by presenting and writing their own paper, learn more and reflect on real life phenomena and developments, in relation to the current state of academic research and theorising on the process of EU lobbying.


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Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Participation 30%; Paper 70%.

Reading list

Common handbook, to be acquired by all participants before the start of the course: J. Greenwood, Interest Representation in the European Union, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011 (3rd ed.). Additional compulsory reading material and suggestions for the paper will be announced before the start and distributed during the course.


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Contact information

dhr. P. Sluiter