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The changing demography of the EU interest system since 1990


  • Joost Berkhout

    (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

  • David Lowery

    () (University of Leiden, The Netherlands)


European Union scholars have used a variety of data sources to assess the contours of the EU interest community, including directories maintained by the European Commission and commercial directories of interest organizations active in Brussels. Scholars have typically relied on only one of these sources, the least comprehensive, to assess demographic change in the EU population. We construct and then use a patched-up design focused on the more comprehensive data provided by several directories of interest groups to provide a more valid assessment of demographic changes in the EU interest system since 1990.

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  • Joost Berkhout & David Lowery, 2010. "The changing demography of the EU interest system since 1990," European Union Politics, , vol. 11(3), pages 447-461, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:eeupol:v:11:y:2010:i:3:p:447-461

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    1. Nicolle Zeegers, 2016. "Civil Society Organizations’ Participation in the EU and Its Challenges for Democratic Representation," Politics and Governance, Cogitatio Press, vol. 4(4), pages 27-39.

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    European Union; interest groups; lobbying;


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