EUROLOB II - Europeanization of Interest Intermediation
EUROLOB II investigates if and how national and European business interest associations (BIAs) respond with modified strategies of interest intermediation to the new competitive situation caused by enlargement (reduced "ear-time") and the new consultation regime of the Commission, which institutionalised the principle of "participatory governance" and new procedures promoting the access of European NGOs. The research will be based on the replication of an earlier survey (EUROLOB I, 1999), addressed to BIAs in Germany, Great Britain, France and the EU. For comparative reasons it will be extended to BIAs in Poland and to European level general interest associations. The quantitative analysis will be supplemented with a series of interviews.
The survey of all Business Interest Associations and a selection of firms in France, Germany, Great Britain, Poland and of EU-level associations have been completed and interviews with German umbrella and branch associations have been started. On the basis of a first statistical analysis of our data (comparison over time and across countries) three papers were presented at the UACES conference in Sept. 2012 and a joint paper at the DVPW Congress later in Sept. 2012.