March 10, 2016

Emilia Korkea-aho on Third-Country Lobbying in the EU

Network member Kenneth Armstrong (Cambridge) has written to let us know that friend of the network Emilia Korkea-aho (Helsinki) has just published a piece on third-country lobbying in the European Union in the Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies.  Entitled "Mr Smith Goes to Brussels: Third-Country Lobbying and the Making of EU Law and Policy," the article traces the role and significance of third-country involvement in the shaping of EU norms and decisions.  

The abstract is below; the full version can be found online here for the next month.  A recommendation form for institutional subscriptions to the CYELS can be found here.

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The EU’s openness towards stakeholders is central to the legitimacy of its law-making. With the rapid globalization of EU legislative activities, openness towards actors from third countries requires analysis. With reference to the notion of ‘lobbying’, this article outlines a framework for identifying the role of third country actors in EU policy processes. The two arguments brought forward suggest that third country lobbying is facilitated by the openness of Union law- and policy-making, and that third country actors contribute to EU decision-making at all stages. The article concludes with a set of questions that third country lobbying raises concerning the EU’s legitimate law-making authority in Europe and beyond.

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