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Examining the pathways national rectors’ conferences select to fortify their lobbying activities in the context of Horizon 2020

Wullink, V.J. (2014) Examining the pathways national rectors’ conferences select to fortify their lobbying activities in the context of Horizon 2020.

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Abstract:This thesis examines the pathways along which national rectors’ conferences (NRCs) from the Netherlands (VSNU), Finland (UNIFI), Belgium (VLIR) and Spain (CRUE) fortify their lobbying activities in the context of Horizon 2020. In order to do so, it makes use of semi-structured interviews with representatives of NRCs. The resource determinant (Dür, 2008a) and the theory on embeddedness (Beyers, 2002) suggest a number of sub factors constituting the independent variable, whereas pathway selection serves as dependent variable. Are NRCs which are relatively better endowed with suggested factors more likely to lobby at different stages, i.e. select multiple pathways? A brief description of Horizon 2020 is provided to reveal characteristics of the issue at stake, as well as to indicate the relevant political institutions to lobby at. The findings reveal that the analysed NRCs are embedded in domestic systems. Nevertheless, only VSNU is able to use this domestic embeddedness to extensively select the EU pathway. The ability to initiate lobbying activities in Brussels also depends on financial resources, human resources and the geographical location of the NRC. Furthermore, some interviews suggest that a ‘nationality match’ of the actors to be influenced and the number of national interest groups representing universities can be considered as additional sub factors influencing the ability to select the EU pathway.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:MB: Management and Governance
Subject:88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/65840
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