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Lobbying and channels of influence of Croatian interest groups in an enlarged European Union

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Vidačak, Igor

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Corporate Editor Institute of Public Finance, Zagreb; Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Kroatien
Abstract This paper analyses opportunities for and challenges of representing interests and the lobbying of Croatian interest groups in the decision- making processes at the European Union level. Taking into account the predominant trends and channels for the representation of interests in the competitive environment of the enlarged EU, as well as the experiences of new EU member states, the logic of access and influence of interest groups from Croatia on the EU policy-making procedures in the pre-accession period will be highlighted. The paper draws attention to the potential of the EU accession process to act as a catalyst for the Europeanisation of domestic public policy shaping and the adoption of new and modern patterns of interest articulation. It also provides incentives for considering the introduction of an adequate regulatory framework for lobbying, as a basis for legitimising the practice in Croatia.
Keywords lobby; Croatia; pressure group; interest group; EU expansion; Europeanization; decision making process; pressure-group politics
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; European Politics
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords lobbying; interest groups; European Union enlargement; Europeanisation; Croatia
Collection Title Croatian accession to the European Union. Vol. 4, The challenges of participation
Editor Ott, Katarina
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
City Zagreb
Page/Pages p. 85-111
ISBN 978-953-6047-77-2
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works