The Dissolution of Traditional Demarcations and Differentiation: Political Interest Representation in a Globalized World

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The project analyzes the recently accelerated internationalization (Europeanization) of political interest representation. Subjects are both the vertical dimension of shifting interest representation activities to supranational arenas and institutions and the horizontal differentiation of lobbying within globalized societies. At the centre of attention is the twofold dissolution of the boundaries of political interest group activities and the main actors promoting these processes including business associations, commercial service firms, consultants, but also NGOs and think tanks, for example. The limited analysis of traditional lobbying in the narrow sense of attempting to influence national law making gives way to a deeper and wider understanding of influence peddling in state and society at different levels and in different areas. Actors develop new, specific and expanded analytical, advisory, mediation, media and organizational competencies in order to accomplish their goals.

Externally funded project:

European Interest Groups (2012, Arbeiterkammer Wien)

Selected Publications

Plehwe, Dieter (2015): "Europäisierung von Interessenvertretung". In: Rudolf Speth/Annette Zimmer (Hg.): Lobby Work. Interessenvertretung als Politikgestaltung. Bürgergesellschaft und Demokratie, Bd. 47. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, S. 121-142.
Plehwe, Dieter (2010): "Paying the Piper - Think Tanks and Lobbying". In: Helen Burley/William Dinan/Kenneth Haar/Olivier Hoedeman/Erik Wesselius/Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU (ALTER-EU) (Eds.): Bursting the Brussels Bubble. The Battle to Expose Corporate Lobbying at the Heart of the EU. Brussels: ALTER-EU, S. 53-62.
Plehwe, Dieter (2011): "Die bedrängte Demokratie. Von der doppelten Entgrenzung des Lobbyismus". In: Rita Trattnigg/Forum Wissenschaft/Umwelt Wien (Hg.): Demokratie und Umweltkrise. Brauchen wir mehr Mitbestimmung?. Wissenschaft & Umwelt Interdisziplinär, Bd. 14. München: oekom Verlag, S. 56-64.
Plehwe, Dieter (2012): Europäisches Kräftemessen - europäische Kräfte messen. Materialien zu Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft 113 113. Wien: Abteilung Wirtschaftswissenschaft und Statistik der Kammer für Arbeiter und Angestellte für Wien.
Project Management
since 2007
WZB, External funds
Cooperation partners
Sylvain Laurens, Centre Georg Simmel, Paris
David Miller, Bath University, UK