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 representation 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 builds on the replication of an earlier survey (EUROLOB I, 1999) that looked at BIAs in Germany, Great Britain, France and the EU. For comparative reasons it has been extended to cover BIAs in Poland and European level general interest associations. A series of expert interviews supplements the quantitative analysis.
The data analysis of 2012 was not satisfactory due to an imbalance in the data of national BIAs. Consequently we decided to repeat the survey in 2015, which produced a far more balanced result. The survey of EU-level NGOs and the empirical research on the development of German business associations over time have been completed and evaluated. Results of our research were presented at the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops 2015, Warsaw and in lectures at the Centre for European Research (CERiM), University of Maastricht and at the Institute of Political Science (IfP), Eberhard Karls University Tübingen. Three articles have been submitted to peer review journals and a book publication is in preparation.