This book presents the first large-scale study of lobbying
strategies and outcomes in the United States and the European
Union, two of the most powerful political systems in the world.
Every day, tens of thousands of lobbyists in Washington and
Brussels are working to protect and promote their interests in the
policymaking process. Policies emanating from these two spheres
have global impacts-they set global standards, they influence
global markets, and they determine global politics. Armed with
extensive new data, Christine Mahoney challenges the conventional
stereotypes that attribute any differences between the two systems
to cultural ones-the American, a partisan and combative approach,
and the European, a consensus-based one.
Mahoney draws from 149 interviews involving 47 issues to detail how
institutional structures, the nature of specific issues, and
characteristics of the interest groups combine to determine
decisions about how to approach a political fight, what arguments
to use, and how to frame an issue. She looks at how lobbyists
choose lobbying tactics, public relations strategies, and
networking and coalition activities. Her analysis demonstrates that
advocacy can be better understood when we study the lobbying of
interest groups in their institutional and issue context. This book
offers new insights into how the process of lobbying works on both
sides of the Atlantic.
Subjects: Political Science
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