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Explaining the Variation in the Europeanization of Business: an Institutionalist Theory

Vannoni, M; (2015) Explaining the Variation in the Europeanization of Business: an Institutionalist Theory. Journal of European Public Policy , 22 (10) pp. 1467-1488. 10.1080/13501763.2015.1009150. Green open access

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Abstract

Although the EU provides valuable political opportunities for business, firms act at European level in different degrees and in different ways. This variation in the Europeanization of business has so far been partially overlooked by the literature. In this work I propose an institutionalist theory of the Europeanization of business by focusing on how national political institutions mediate the impact of the institutional structure of the EU on business behaviour. Findings from a large-N analysis across several countries demonstrate that firms in decentralized countries tend to be more active at EU level. National political institutions affect also how firms act at EU level. Indeed, those firms used to act individually at national level tend to act collectively at EU level. This work aims at a more nuanced institutionalist account of Europeanization, by bridging the gap between the traditional literature on comparative politics and the one on European interest representation.

Type: Article
Title: Explaining the Variation in the Europeanization of Business: an Institutionalist Theory
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2015.1009150
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2015.1009150
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of European Public Policy on 25/02/2015, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13501763.2015.1009150
Keywords: Business lobbying, European Union, Europeanization, federalism, multilevel governance
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1460768
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