Governing Interests: Business Associations Facing by Wolfgang Streeck, Jurgen Grote, Volker Schneider, Jelle

By Wolfgang Streeck, Jurgen Grote, Volker Schneider, Jelle Visser

The conceptual and empirical papers incorporated during this major quantity come jointly to handle the query of ways interplay among company institutions and govt is laid low with Europeanization and globalization. while a few papers undertake a bird's eye view, others pay attention to person industries or nations, and several other, via exam and research, think of the consequences on curiosity illustration and the repercussions on powerful governance.

Contributed to and edited by means of prime lecturers, the range of analysis questions and techniques used give you the reader with an outstanding knowing of the topic, and importantly, warning opposed to rash simplifications. this article is going to be of specific relevance to political scientists and sociologists.

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On the other hand, the executive is important at both levels. One-fifth of the Dutch business associations contact members of the Dutch Cabinet at least once a year; a similar percentage reports contacts with members of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) and 27 per cent contact the Council Secretariat or members of the Council. These contacts will mostly involve the Dutch Minister or representative. In conclusion, corresponding with the findings reported in the literature (Kohler-Koch 1999), our survey clearly brings out that the pattern of lobbying at home is replicated, with lower intensity, at the European level.

Visser and A. Wilts The emergence of these organizational characteristics for an intermediary like an interest association depends on relations with its membership and with key actors in its environment. Schmitter and Streeck (1999 [1981]) have offered two organizing concepts to study this dual relationship; ‘logic of membership’ and ‘logic of interest’. The former is concerned with the characteristics of, and relationship with, (potential) members, and the latter with the characteristics of, and relationship with, the organized environment with which an association interacts on behalf of its members.

Chapters 9 and 10 deal with international organizations and global contexts in which Britain and the United States play an important role. A core chapter (Chapter 6) compares Germany and Britain, the two polar types of interest political systems in Europe. The strong presence of Germany reflects the economic importance of the country, as well as the fact that its model of interest representation was long seen as a model for Europe as a whole. As the book makes clear, this is no longer the case and recent developments in Europe may well be described in terms of a movement away from the German tradition, or in any case a parallel transformation of all national traditions in an expanding European context.

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