Title
The European Union interest system in comparative perspective: a bridge The European Union interest system in comparative perspective: a bridge
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Politics
Source (journal)
West European politics. - London, 1978, currens
Volume/pages
31(2008) :6 , p. 1231-1252
ISSN
0140-2382
1743-9655
ISI
000259979400008
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
Can we meaningfully compare within a single theoretical framework the politics of interest representation in the European Union with its counterparts in the United States and other national political systems? We address this question by first considering several candidate explanations for the lack of broad-ranging comparative research on interest representation, focusing in the end on the problem of context. We then argue that much of the recent progress in the literature is a result more of segmentation of theoretical issues. The third section discusses how this successful strategy of segmentation has unfortunately raised new theoretical barriers to comparative analysis. This argument is explored by comparing work on organised interests in the EU with two other cases the hyper-pluralistic interest politics of the United States and the neocorporatist politics of the Netherlands
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