Book Launch 'Viral Lobbying. Strategies, Access and Influence During the COVID-19 Pandemic'
Join us for a book launch 'Viral Lobbying. Strategies, Access and Influence During the COVID-19 Pandemic'. The discussion will focus on pandemic policies which have been the centre of attention of fierce lobbying competition by different social and economic interests.
University of Maastricht Campus Brussels
Viral Lobbying. Strategies, Access and Influence During the COVID-19 Pandemic
In Viral Lobbying a team of experts analyse lobby patterns during the Covid pandemic. Based on elite surveys and focus group interviews with selected groups, the book provides new evidence on the lobbying strategies used during the COVID 19 pandemic, as well as the resulting access to and lobbying influence on public policy. The empirical analyses reach across eight European countries (Austria, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom), as well as the EU-level. In particular, the book draws on responses from approximately 1,600 interest organisations in two waves of a cross-country survey (in 2020 and 2021, respectively). This quantitative data is supplemented by qualitative evidence from a series of 12 focus groups with organised interests in Ireland, Denmark and the Netherlands conducted in spring 2021.
- An encompassing approach to the study of lobbying in COVID-19 times
- An insight into how interest representation adapts to circumstances
- Data from 2 waves of a cross-country survey in 9 European polities
- Evidence from a series of 12 focus groups
Michele Crepaz, Vice Chancellor Illuminate Fellow, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Queen's University Belfast
Wiebke Marie Junk, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen
Marcel Hanegraaff, Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam
Joost Berkhout, Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam