Lobbying in the EU
Full course description
The second module of the Master in European Public Affairs deals with the phenomenon of lobbying in the system of European governance. In the theoretical part, students explore on a conceptual level the relationship between EU institutions and lobbying organizations, and learn to identify the main venues for lobby influence in the system. Who wins lobby battles and why? What standards do we use to judge the democratic legitimacy of lobbying? All these questions and more will be explored at length in the course. Students set-up their own small research project and report their results in a short academic paper.
The practical part of the module deals with some of the most important skills, tools and methods needed to perform on the Brussels lobbying scene. The course features some of Brussels’ most renowned public affairs professionals. Under their guidance, students explore policy papers and policy briefs as tools to communicate policy-relevant information and thus to influence decision making; get introduced to the basics of online communications, and particularly social media, in the practice of public affairs in the EU. Finally, students take up the role of a public affairs consultancy firm themselves and design a lobbying strategy for an ongoing legislative file.
Only accessible for selected EPA students
Culpepper, P. D. (2010). Quiet politics and business power: Corporate control in Europe and Japan. Cambridge University Press.
De Bruycker, I., & McLoughlin, A. The public affairs plan: Seven steps to success rooted in science and practice. Journal of Public Affairs, e2567
Klüver, H. (2013). Lobbying in the European Union: interest groups, lobbying coalitions, and policy change. Oxford University Press.