NGOs and Business in Policy-Making

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NGOs and business groups participate in a range of policy-making arenas within the EU and other governing bodies at the local, regional and global levels of politics. The overarching goal of the panel is to analyze the respective access to, and influence of, a range of non-governmental organizations and business groups in policy-making. In particular, the panel explores unevenness in the influence of particular types of interest groups in policy-making processes.

Expanding regulation and access opportunities within individual EU institutions and other governmental authorities promotes a variety of forms, means of communication and exchange of views, which are fundamental for enabling NGO and business activity. There are wide divergences in access to the policy-making process for business groups and other interest groups, which influences the efficiency and effectiveness of actions taken by groups. Indeed, NGO and business influence is dynamic and often depends on the consultation processes at the EU and at other governing institutions. The degree of balance among NGOs and business groups in regard to access to particular institutions is also dependent on the economic, legal and social context of policy-making.

The panel will discuss the actions taken by NGOs and business groups that affect the lives of citizens via various public policies. It seeks to study the influence of these groups in relation to their lobbying and campaign strategies, the characteristics of the institutions they target, and the type of regulation they seek. It will promote an in-depth examination of the impact of NGOs and business groups on policy-making.

Call for papers
While NGOs are increasingly attempting to influence policy-making in the name of citizens and firms, a key challenge for NGOs in policy-making is blockage resulting from the deficit and complexity of regulations. The aim of this panel is to lead a discussion on the actions taken by NGOs that affect the lives of citizens and firms through various policies. The panel welcomes papers that:

1. assess the roles, activities and influence of NGOs and/or business groups in policy-making;
2. discuss the roles of NGO in specific policy areas; and
3. examine NGOs in the context of relationships between domestic and international policy processes.