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EU Lobbying – Between Pluralism and Criminality?

Scheske, Sebastian (2011) EU Lobbying – Between Pluralism and Criminality?

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Abstract:Lobbying in general but also on the EU level is confronted with the media‟s and the public‟s perception of being close to criminal actions, involving most of all bribery and corruption (Koch-Mehrin, 2007; Langguth, 2007). The current bribery scandal in the European Parliament underlines this impression (Public Service Europe, 2011). Some call it a fifth power (Leif & Speth, 2006) or entitle Brussels the Champions League of lobbying (Schendelen, 2006). Is lobbying on the EU level indeed a dangerous activity close to or even involving criminal actions? In this Bachelor assignment, the question shall be answered by clearing what lobbying in general is, how it looks like on the EU level and if it is possible or likely that lobbyists in EU policy making become criminal while doing their work. Dealing with these issues, the questions arise if lobbying in general is legal and legitimate and where the borderline between lobbying and criminal activities as for example corruption is. Regarding the research design it has to be kept in mind that lobbying is considered to be mostly direct and informal (Heins, 2006, p. 69; Leif & Speth, 2006, p. 14). Empirical evidence for theoretical assumptions is therefore barely available. Thus, the answering of the research question will rely on literature review and own theoretical reasoning.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/62723
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