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Panel 307: Book Panel: Business Lobbying in the EU (OUP, 2021)
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Session Chair: David Coen, University College London Discussant: Matia Vannoni, King's College London
Book Panel: Business Lobbying in the EU (OUP, 2021)
Chair(s): David Coen (University College London), Matia Vannoni (King's College London)
Presenter(s): Adriana Bunea (University of Bergen), Andy Tarrant (Whitehouse Consultancy), Alexander Katsaitis (ARENA Centre for European Studies /London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom), Nicola Chelotti (Loughborough University), James Scott (King's College London)
Drawing from business studies, public management, and political science Business Lobbying in the European Union (OUP, 2021) aims to provide a nuanced understanding of business-government relations in the EU. This contribution offers timely answers for business, the EU, and their future interaction through a multi-layered and nuanced analysis of the relationship.
This study takes an analytic perspective that cuts across three levels. At the macro-level, the book explores over thirty years of increasing business lobbying and the emergence of a distinct European business-government relations style. At the meso-level, it assesses how the role of EU institutions, policy types, and the policy cycle shape the density and diversity of business lobbying activity. Finally, at the micro-level they it seeks to explore how firms organize their political affairs functions and mobilized strategic political responses.
Empirically, the book uses a variety of methods to analyse business-government relations drawing on unique business and policy-maker surveys; in-depth case studies and elite interviews; large statistical analysis of lobbying registers to assess examine lobbying density and diversity across policy areas and EU institutions; and managerial career path and organizational analysis to assess corporate political capabilities.
Overall, this book provides a constructive approach bridging theoretical approaches. Simultaneously the analyses that provide a detailed mapping of business activity in the EU over the last 30 years. This panel comprising of policymakers and academics, discusses Business Lobbying in the EU its contribution and future research of business-government relations in the EU.