Influencing policy outcomes is the aim of much interest group activity. The focus of the Austrian team is on this last stage of the influence production process, addressing questions such as: do interest groups affect the policies that are made by EU institutions?
Framing processes connect the study of interest representation directly to policy outcomes because the way in which an issue is understood fundamentally influences the outcome of a policy debate.
Multi-level governance module
Framing also plays an important role in the MLG-module. It deals with frames in a multi-level governance perspective. The German, Swedish and Slovenian teams are looking at frames from national level actors …
The main focus of the Antwerp team is on lobbying strategies. This includes the study of all influence seeking political activities of interest groups, such as the information they prioritize when they address policy makers …
The Dutch module is responsible for the coding of the entire actor population. This actor-based coding provides information on the size of the actor, where it is based, what economic or social issues it works on, etc.
Organizational development module
The UK team, in very close collaboration with Amsterdam, Antwerp and Stuttgart colleagues, is leading INTEREURO research on organizational maintenance and the professionalization process.