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Who has access? : An analysis of access and resources in the AI Act legislation process

Kappert, Felix (2023) Who has access? : An analysis of access and resources in the AI Act legislation process.

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Abstract:Interest groups are becoming increasingly important in the digital age, as digital technologies such as AI become part of our daily lives. Since lobbying is a part of policy-making, it is of societal relevance to see why and who gets access to the European Parliament and the Commission in the case of the EU Artificial Intelligence Act. Therefore, this thesis examines existing theoretical mechanisms for interest group access in the context of the AI Act legislation. For the analysis, data from the EU Transparency Register of EU Integrity Watch were used. A quantitative cross-sectional analysis is carried out using regression models, t-tests and cluster analysis. The results of the analysis show that none of the tested mechanisms could be confirmed. However, the result of the cluster analysis shows an alternative approach to clustering interest groups. Due to the small sample size and the limited scope of this thesis, the results of this thesis are not generalisable. For future research, qualitative approaches to closed legislative processes may provide more detailed insights.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
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