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Measuring the size and scope of the EU interest group population


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  • Arndt Wonka

    (Universitat Bremen, Germany)

  • Frank R Baumgartner

    (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)

  • Christine Mahoney

    (University of Virginia, USA)

  • Joost Berkhout

    (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

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    We present a new data set enumerating the population of organizations listed and/or registered as lobbyists in the European Union. In the first part of the paper we describe how we arrived at the population data set by drawing on three independent sources (CONECCS; Landmarks; European Parliament registry). We briefly discuss the validity of these registers in the context of recent substantial changes to each of them. In the second part, we present descriptive information on the number and type of groups as well as their territorial origins. In the final section, we outline potential research questions that can be addressed with the new data set for further research on the role of groups in the EU policy process.

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    Article provided by in its journal European Union Politics.

    Volume (Year): 11 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 463-476

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    Handle: RePEc:sae:eeupol:v:11:y:2010:i:3:p:463-476

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    Keywords: EU; interest groups; quantitative data set;


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    Cited by:
    1. Silke Friedrich, 2010. "Measuring Interest Group Activity," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 8(4), pages 37-46, 01.
    2. Roland Vaubel & Bernhard Klingen & David Müller, 2012. "There is life after the Commission: An empirical analysis of private interest representation by former EU-commissioners, 1981–2009," The Review of International Organizations, Springer, Springer, vol. 7(1), pages 59-80, March.


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