No place like home? Explaining venue selection of regional offices in Brussels

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No place like home? Explaining venue selection of regional offices in Brussels

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: No place like home? Explaining venue selection of regional offices in Brussels
Author: Beyers, J.Donas, T. Fraussen B.
Journal Title: JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN PUBLIC POLICY
Issue: 5
Volume: 22
Start Page: 589
End Page: 608
Pages: 20
Issue Date: 2015
Keywords: regional offices
territorial lobbying
European Union
venue shopping
Abstract: While subnational authorities strongly mobilize in Brussels, they do not lobby all EU-level venues to the same extent. This article explains the varying intensity with which regional offices interact with various EU-level policy-making venues when seeking to influence EU policies. Theoretically, we complement an exchange-based perspective with political-institutional and contextual factors, such as regional political autonomy and the degree of preference alignment with key policy-making venues. To test our hypotheses, we rely on evidence collected through 33 face-to-face interviews with regional representations concerning their lobbying activities in four salient policy processes. Our results highlight that while most offices regularly interact with both national and supranational venues, the central government representation in Brussels is always, irrespective of what is at stake, the most important contact point. Furthermore, we also find that policy alignments shape venue selection, indicating some evidence of strategic manoeuvrin
Uri: http://www-tandfonline-com.ezproxy.leidenuniv.nl:2048/doi/full/10.1080/13501763.2014.977335
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/55287
 

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