Publication
Title
You'll never lobby alone : explaining the participation of sub-national authorities in the European Commissions open consultations
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Abstract
The multi-level system of the EU constrains the institutionalized representation of the regional tier of government. Consequently, sub-national authorities seek to represent their interests through various lobbying practices, including taking part in the European Commissions open consultations. In this paper, we argue that varying levels with which SNAs take part in open consultations cannot be adequately explained by regional-level conditions such as resources or autonomy. Instead, we hypothesize that the specific policy context strongly affects regional involvement in open consultations. We test our hypotheses with evidence of the participation pattern of 296 SNAs in eight online consultations situated in five policy areas: Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Environment Action Program (EAP), Horizon 2020, Cohesion Policy and TEN-T. Our analysis demonstrates that the probability that SNAs take part in open consultations increases significantly when private interests of the same region and/or other SNAs of the same country participate in the same consultation.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of common market studies. - Oxford
Publication
Oxford : 2016
ISSN
0021-9886
Volume/pages
54:6(2016), p. 1433-1448
ISI
000388840500011
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UAntwerpen
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Research group
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Publication type
Subject
Law 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 22.08.2016
Last edited 23.07.2017
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