Interest groups at transnational conferences : goals, strategies, interactions and influenceInterest groups at transnational conferences : goals, strategies, interactions and influence
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Antwerp Centre for Institutions and Multi-Level Politics (ACIM)
University of Antwerp
Interest groups partake in transnational negotiatio n conferences at mass. This is surprising given that the chances for influ encing policymaking at these venues appear to be slim while the costs of partici pation are high. Thus far no satisfactory explanation for this puzzle has been p rovided, because systematic research regarding the activities of interest group s at these conferences is lacking. This paper offers the first systematic study of the activities of interest groups at transnational conferences. It analyzes the goals, s trategies, interactions, and influence of various types of interest groups at tw o transnational conferences, namely the WTO Ministerial Conference (2011) and th e UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (2012). The data was collected by condu cting 349 interviews with interest group representatives and 129 interviews w ith government delegates who participated in these conferences.