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Lobbyism in the EU - biased towards the influence of industrial interest groups? A case study on the 2009 regulation on binding CO2 emission standards for cars.

Kellner, Kai (2015) Lobbyism in the EU - biased towards the influence of industrial interest groups? A case study on the 2009 regulation on binding CO2 emission standards for cars.

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Abstract:The influence of interest groups within the European Union has grown rapidly over the last decades. The theory of elite pluralism suggests that especially business and industrial interests find their ways to the decision-making institutions of the EU and, as a consequence, exert more influence on the policy-making process than public, social or environmental interest groups. Whith the help of a single case study and the method of assessing the degree of preference attainment, the influence of different interest groups on the legislative proposal and the final regulation of the 2009 policy concerning CO2 emission reduction targets for cars is examined. It becomes apparent that interest groups representing the automotive industry exerted significantly more influence on the policy-making process than environmental ones, so that an elite pluralist relationship between industrial interest groups and the European institutions can hence be confirmed.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/66818
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