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European Union lobbying and the Golden Cage of post-socialist network capitalism in Hungary

European Union lobbying and the Golden Cage of post-socialist network capitalism in Hungary

Sallai, Dorottya (2013) European Union lobbying and the Golden Cage of post-socialist network capitalism in Hungary. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 51 (5). pp. 948-964. ISSN 0021-9886 (Print), 1468-5965 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12029)

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Abstract

The literature on business lobbying has shown that firms increasingly extend their interest representation activities from the domestic to the European level. Consequently, over the last 20 years, individual firms have become influential political actors in Brussels. Yet, after nine years of full membership, eastern European (EE) corporations stay away from EU-level policy-making. This article argues that the institutional structures emerging in post-socialist countries constitute obstacles to firms developing the necessary capabilities for supranational lobbying. While firms in London and Brussels become increasingly professional in their lobbying strategies, large post-socialist firms handle lobbying exclusively at the highest level of the organizational hierarchy through informal interpersonal networks. It is argued in the article that the confinement of lobbying strategy to the top echelon of corporate management reduces its effectiveness and scope. Consequently, EE companies are unable to integrate into EU lobbying.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: capitalism, corporate lobbying, Hungary, Eastern Europe, networks
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:29
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/12451

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