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Sliding doors in Brussels: A career path analysis of EU affairs managers

Coen, D; Vannoni, M; (2016) Sliding doors in Brussels: A career path analysis of EU affairs managers. European Journal of Political Research , 55 (4) pp. 811-826. 10.1111/1475-6765.12151. Green open access

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Abstract

This article investigates the revolving doors phenomenon in the European Union (EU). It proposes a management approach that treats this phenomenon as a form of corporate political activity through which companies try to gain access to decision makers. By using sequence analysis to examine the career paths of almost 300 EU affairs managers based in public and private companies across 26 countries, three different ideal-typical managers are identified: those EU affairs managers coming from EU institutions and public affairs; those who make a career through the private sector; and those who establish themselves in national political institutions. This identification confirms that EU institutions need different types of information and companies need EU affairs managers with different professional backgrounds able to provide it. Rather than observing a revolving door of EU officials into EU government affairs, what the authors term ‘sliding doors’ – namely the separation of careers, especially between the public and private sectors – is discerned.

Type: Article
Title: Sliding doors in Brussels: A career path analysis of EU affairs managers
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/1475-6765.12151
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.12151
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 European Consortium for Political Research. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: [Coen, D. and Vannoni, M. (2016), Sliding doors in Brussels: A career path analysis of EU affairs managers. European Journal of Political Research, 55: 811–826. doi: 10.1111/1475-6765.12151], which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.12151. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: corporate political activity; EU lobbying; revolving doors; public affairs; business and government
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/1495972
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