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By Louisa Parks

This publication assesses how a lot effect social pursuits have on european coverage and the ability wherein impression is secured. utilizing wide-ranging case experiences of campaigns from GMOs to water rights and web freedom, it elucidates the $64000 adjustments among technical and political campaigns.

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397–398) describes the European Parliament as divided by three different cleavages: ideological, geographical and inter-institutional. To this I add a sectoral cleavage. Each represents a useful starting point for describing the structural political opportunities of the Parliament. Beginning with ideology, members of the European Parliament are affiliated (for the most part) to European political parties whose members are national parties. Echoing the ‘natural partner’ argument made about the Commission, different EUSMOs may thus have closer ties with these political groupings, and opportunities may arise from these ties where a political group holds a large number of seats in the Parliament, or the report on a piece of legislation or policy issue is assigned to a member of that group.

It is engagement with the Commission that tends to characterise technical campaigns as defined in Chapter 1. The European parliament The European Parliament is another multi-headed beast in the institutional structure of the EU. Its attraction as a target for those seeking to influence EU policy is clear: the European Parliament wields more power in terms of amending legislation than many national parliaments (Greenwood 2011). The Parliament may, like the Commission, be described as information-starved due to the breadth of issues individual members vote on compared to the institution’s resources.

Opportunities and threats to influence apply at national level following the ‘reverse boomerang’ idea. 1, highly volatile: how opportunities and threats pan out for particular campaigns depends on which variation of the opportunity structure applies, as well as other external contexts. Indeed, following McAdam’s (1996, p. 27) synthesis, dynamic political opportunities affect ‘the stability or instability of that broad set of elite alignments that typically undergird a polity’ and ‘the presence or absence of elite allies’.

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