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Business Lobbying in the Executive Branch: Unpacking access to political heads, political advisers, and civil servants

Albarenda Sanz, Adria; Saz-Carranza, Angel; Van Acoleyen, Michiel; Coen, David; (2023) Business Lobbying in the Executive Branch: Unpacking access to political heads, political advisers, and civil servants. Business and Politics (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This paper systematically examines how access of business groups and NGOs to the executive branch of the European Union varies across political heads, civil servants, and an understudied yet critical intermediary figure of the executive branch: political advisers. Building upon exchange theory, we argue that the occurrence of a meeting between public officials and interest groups depends on information and legitimacy sought and offered by both types of actors, the public officials’ public exposure, and the interest groups’ lobbying strategies. The empirical analysis is focused on the executive body of the European Union (i.e., the European Commission). Our results show that, while political advisers and civil servants are more likely to meet with business groups than with NGOs, political heads are not biased in favor of any of these two groups.

Type: Article
Title: Business Lobbying in the Executive Branch: Unpacking access to political heads, political advisers, and civil servants
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/business-a...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: executive branch, political heads, political advisers, civil servants, interest groups, access, European Union
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/10158817
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