Are EU Business Associations Governable?

European Integration online Papers (EIoP), Vol. 4, No. 3, February 14, 2000

17 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2002

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Justin Greenwood

Robert Gordon University - School of Public Administration and Law

Ruth Webster

Robert Gordon University - School of Public Administration and Law

Abstract

Business Interest Associations vary widely in their governability - defined as their ability to unify members' interests and ensure goal compliance. How can these variations be explained? To what extent is associational 'effectiveness' governed by factors in the external environment of an association and of its members, and to what extent can improvement programmes undertaken by associations themselves make a difference? Drawing upon interviews undertaken with 50 EU business associations in the autumn of 1998 and ongoing subsequent member interviews, analysis enables researchers to ascertain the conditions under which associations are likely to be in a position to contribute to the process of European integration. Comprehensive directory research is also used to settle a long-standing dispute about the number of 'Euro groups'.

Keywords: European integration, governance, interest intermediation, interest representation, lobbying, pluralism, corporatism, integration theory, political science

Suggested Citation

Greenwood, Justin and Webster, Ruth, Are EU Business Associations Governable?. European Integration online Papers (EIoP), Vol. 4, No. 3, February 14, 2000, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=302752 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.302752

Justin Greenwood (Contact Author)

Robert Gordon University - School of Public Administration and Law ( email )

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Ruth Webster

Robert Gordon University - School of Public Administration and Law ( email )

Garthdee Road
Aberdeen, AB10 7QE
United Kingdom

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