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
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
Participation 30%; Paper 70%.
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.