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Machiavelli in Brussels: The Art of Lobbying the EU - Updated New Edition [Hardcover]

M.P.C.M. van Schendelen

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9 Feb 2014
Countless interest groups representing governments and non-governmental bodies try to lobby the European Union effectively in pursuit of the desired legislation, subsidies and more. Many lobby groups simply do what they see fit. Others manage their affairs in the EU arena more professionally, and it is their home front and their playing field which are the focus of this book. Filled with real cases, examples of good practice, and special issues of EU lobbying, it presents a wealth of information and analysis. Like other political processes, EU lobbying has its limits, acknowledged here, alongside its contribution to democracy, both of which are discussed in this thought-provoking and reflective book. This new edition of Machiavelli in Brussels in an indispensable handbook of successful lobbying in the European Union, updated to include the EU's newest member countries, filled with facts and figures, real-life scenarios and detailed analysis of the behind-the scenes workings of the EU decision-making.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Amsterdam University Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (9 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9053568050
  • ISBN-13: 978-9053568057
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.5 x 3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,947,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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".. a benchmark not only for lobbying in the EU but around the world as well." -- Rita Roosevelt, George Washington University

"...A critical academic study and an incisive analysis of the EU decision-making process." -- New Europe

"...An accurate description of the engine room... A manual for those who want to influence." -- EU Commissioner Frits Bolkestein

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Volledig herziene editie van het standaardwerk over lobbyen bij de Europese Unie

Wie trekt er in Brussel aan de touwtjes? En op welke manier kunnen locale overheden, internationale multinationals, ondernemers of vakbewegingen de Europese besluitvorming naar hun hand zetten?
In 'Machiavelli in Brussels' zet hoogleraar politicologie Rinus van Schendelen de mogelijkheden op een rijtje voor het stelselmatig beïnvloeden van de besluitvorming in Brussel.Want voor de professionele lobbyist is de complexiteit van het politieke systeem eerder een voordeel dan een hindernis. De vele achterafsteegjes, zijdeuren en tuimelramen in het Brusselse bouwwerk bieden hem onbegrensde mogelijkheden om zijn boodschap in het juiste oor te fluisteren.
Deze volledige herziene tweede editie van Machiavelli in Brussels is aangescherpt met nieuwe, actuele cases en gaat verder in op de recente uitbreiding van de EU met tien nieuwe lidstaten. Dit boek is een absolute must voor aspirant-lobbyisten met ambities in Brussel.

Dit boek moet beslist worden opgenomen in het overdrachtsdossier voor mijn opvolger.
Voormalig staatssecretaris van Buitenlandse Zaken Dick Benschop

Verrassende inzichten in de EU-besluitvorming
De Staatscourant

Voor wie een duik in het Brusselse doolhof wil wagen, legt Van Schendelen veel risicos en mogelijkheden uit.
NRC Handelsblad --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars intricate lobbying 24 Sep 2006
By W Boudville - Published on Amazon.com
This is a subject very attractive to some readers. How do you, as a European interest group, get money out of the EU, aka. "Brussels". The author describes in detail many instances of lobbying, by a variety of lobbyists. You can see how a European federal apparatus has developed, that affects many aspects of people's lives.

There is also an analysis of interest groups at the national level. For example, those from Portugal or Greece often support protectionist policies for agriculture and small enterprises. Reflecting a common economic makeup of their countries. While Irish groups tend to favour a more open market, and greater free trade, as Ireland has benefited tremendously from these trends.

The competition between interest groups is also explained. Often leading to intense lobbying of bureaucrats and federal politicians.

The book is also interesting as a comparison with the US federal system and the lobbying that goes on at that level. Many similarities emerge.
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