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Regional Lobbying in Brussels. A Case Study on the Mobilization of the Regional Offices on the ‘EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region'

Wagner, Dorothee LU (2009) STVM17 20091
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Regional offices grow of more and more importance for the interest representation in Brussels. This study involves what determines if a region takes lobbying actions, what mobilization variables are important for the performance and what lobbying strategy is supposed to be the most successful. The study is a case study on the regional mobilization within the development of the ‘EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region’ and is based on empirical data gained by interviews with regional offices and Commission officials. Since there is usually a lack of theoretical backgrounds within lobbying, a theoretical framework with different lobbying strategies and several mobilization variables that determine these strategies was evolved. It turned out... (More)
Regional offices grow of more and more importance for the interest representation in Brussels. This study involves what determines if a region takes lobbying actions, what mobilization variables are important for the performance and what lobbying strategy is supposed to be the most successful. The study is a case study on the regional mobilization within the development of the ‘EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region’ and is based on empirical data gained by interviews with regional offices and Commission officials. Since there is usually a lack of theoretical backgrounds within lobbying, a theoretical framework with different lobbying strategies and several mobilization variables that determine these strategies was evolved. It turned out that the variables of representation, agenda setting and resources are the main influences for the different strategies, which is highly related to the decision making power of the region, the amount of partners established in the office and the interest in European issues at the home level. The main instrument used by the offices, a coalition, was not as successful as expected. A model of mobilization types is presented which distinguish ‘the committed’, ‘the follower’ and ‘the reluctant’. (Less)
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author
Wagner, Dorothee LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVM17 20091
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Mobilization, Regional Offices, Regional Lobbying, European Affairs, EU, Baltic Sea Strategy
language
English
id
1397235
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2009-06-18 11:29:41
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  abstract     = {Regional offices grow of more and more importance for the interest representation in Brussels. This study involves what determines if a region takes lobbying actions, what mobilization variables are important for the performance and what lobbying strategy is supposed to be the most successful. The study is a case study on the regional mobilization within the development of the ‘EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region’ and is based on empirical data gained by interviews with regional offices and Commission officials. Since there is usually a lack of theoretical backgrounds within lobbying, a theoretical framework with different lobbying strategies and several mobilization variables that determine these strategies was evolved. It turned out that the variables of representation, agenda setting and resources are the main influences for the different strategies, which is highly related to the decision making power of the region, the amount of partners established in the office and the interest in European issues at the home level. The main instrument used by the offices, a coalition, was not as successful as expected. A model of mobilization types is presented which distinguish ‘the committed’, ‘the follower’ and ‘the reluctant’.},
  author       = {Wagner, Dorothee},
  keyword      = {Mobilization,Regional Offices,Regional Lobbying,European Affairs,EU,Baltic Sea Strategy},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Regional Lobbying in Brussels. A Case Study on the Mobilization of the Regional Offices on the ‘EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region'},
  year         = {2009},
}