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Comparative Interest Group Survey workshop

 Center for Political Science Research (CPR) organized the third Comparative Interest Group Survey workshop held from 30 May to 1 June at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The main aim was to achieve a better understanding of the daily operations of interest groups across different national settings in order to develop a comparative and in-depth empirically grounded knowledge on these matters. The workshop featured an interesting line up of diverse papers and scholars from Slovenia, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom who presented and provided the rich potential of the data already collected during the CIG Survey project ( 

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Who says what to whom? Alignments and arguments in EU policy-making
Danica Fink Hafner, Rainer Eising, Daniel Rasch, Patrycja Rozbicka, Mitja Hafner Fink, Meta Novak

In the EU multilevel polity, domestic interest groups seek to shape EU legislation by accessing both national and EU institutions. Previous studies indicated that institutional and issue contexts as well as organisational characteristics shape their strategies of interest representation. However, we know much less about how alignments and arguments impact on their participation in EU and national policy consultations. Addressing this gap, we investigate the lobbying strategies of almost 2900 national interest organisations from five member states (Germany, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom) on 20 EU directive proposals also bringing a new empirical scope to the study of multilevel interest representation. The findings indicate that alignments and arguments shape the participation of domestic interest groups in consultations on EU policies. We infer from our study that some general predictions of interest group behaviour are overstretched and outline four major variations of interest representation routines.

 West European Politics, Volume 40, 2017 - Issue 5, pp. 957-980. Link.

Danica Fink Hafner
A Typology of Populisms and Changing Forms of Society: The Case of Slovenia

Alenka Krašovec, Lars Johannsen
Recent Developments in Democracy in Slovenia


Alenka Krašovec, Lars Johannsen, Karin Hilmer Pedersen, Tomaž Deželan
Nevarnost sistemske korupcije v Sloveniji : spodbude in ovire [The Risk of Systemic Corruption in Slovenia: Drivers and Barriers]

ISSN 0034-690X, jul.-sep. 2014, letn. 65, št. 3, pp. 207-220. Link.

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