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Deliberative layering: Explaining diverse interest mobilization across the European Parliament's Policy Cycle

Coen, D; Lehmann, W; Katsaitis, A; (2020) Deliberative layering: Explaining diverse interest mobilization across the European Parliament's Policy Cycle. Journal of Public Affairs 10.1002/pa.2139. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Drawing from work on deliberation and information‐access, this paper conceptually frames why and when different types of interests mobilize across the parliamentary policy cycle. We posit that each policy stage holds its own deliberative purpose and logic, leading to a variation in the type and volume of information demanded. The legitimacy of the expertise interest groups provide is affected by their organizational characteristics. To ensure the smooth flow of the policy process, members of parliament encourage groups that legitimately hold relevant information to mobilize at each policy stage, while lobbyists choose to mobilize when their expertise allows them to better influence policy‐makers' debates. We test our argument in the context of the European Parliament, following a unique survey of the 8th legislature (2014–2019). The responses lend support to our model. In a policy process that contains various stages of deliberation, different organizations hold an information‐expertise key that gives them access at different stages. Significantly, less studied groups, such as think tanks and consultancies, mobilize well ahead of others in the cycle's initial phases; while lobbyists representing public constituencies dominate in the final stages. The paper contributes to broader theoretical discussions on pluralism, bias, and deliberation in policy‐making.

Type: Article
Title: Deliberative layering: Explaining diverse interest mobilization across the European Parliament's Policy Cycle
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/pa.2139
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/pa.2139
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2020 The Authors. Journal of Public Affairs published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: European Parliament, Lobbying, Policy-Cycle, Deliberation, Business
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10094252
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