West European Politics publishes a new special issue on the INTEREURO project

Comparative and EU interest group studies are marked by a progression towards theory-driven, large-N empirical studies in the past 20 years. With the study of national interest organizations in EU policy-making, the special issue puts a theoretically and empirically neglected topic in this research field centre stage. The individual contributions include interest group characteristics, institutional contexts as well as issue contexts as explanatory factors in their empirical analyses of multilevel interest representation. They present novel developments in the study of political alignments among interest groups and political institutions, the Europeanization of domestic interest organizations, and the question of bias in interest group populations. Thereby, they do not only contribute to the comparative study of interest groups, but also to the analysis of policy-making, multilevel governance, and political representation in the EU.

The INTEREURO survey has been launched!

After weeks of hard work we are proud to announce that the INTEREURO web survey, the last feat in this already successful project, has now been officially launched. In this last part of the INTEREURO project we aim to survey the entire European interest community. For this we tested and fine-tuned a web-based questionnaire. At this moment more than 2000 organizational representatives are invited to take part in the survey. Simultaneously, the Slovenian, Belgian, Dutch and Swedish teams are planning separate national-level surveys to be conducted in 2015. Additional surveys in other countries (the UK, Australia, Poland) are planned for 2016 and 2017. For further questions on the survey please contact Frederik Heylen, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

INTEREURO Special Issue of the Journal of European Public Policy

The aim of this Special Issue of the Journal of European Public Policy is to investigate the contextual nature of EU-level lobbying. The various contributions by leading scholars in the field (among whom Mahoney, Klüver, Dür, Bernhagen, Binderkrantz, Eising, Rasmussen, Beyers, Naurin, et cetera) explore how characteristics of concrete policy issues and the institutional context in which interest groups operate affect lobbying activities and the ability to influence EU legislative outcomes. A large number of interest group studies, in the EU and elsewhere, has traditionally focused on the characteristics of individual interest groups such as their financial resources, their organizational characteristics or their policy expertise. Much less attention has been paid to institutional and issue-specific contextual factors that affect interest group lobbying in the EU. While most studies of EU legislative politics have studied the EU institutions (Council, Parliament, Commission) and EU-level parties, almost no systematic and quantitative research has been conducted on how interests groups mobilize during and influence EU legislative policymaking processes. This Special Issue fills this defect in our knowledge by theorizing and empirically analyzing the impact of contextual characteristics – more in particular the issue-specific nature of lobbying and the institutional setting in which lobbying takes place – on interest group politics in the EU.

Click here to visit the web page of this issue.