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The multiplex network of EU lobby organizations


Battiston, Stefano; Zeng, An (2016). The multiplex network of EU lobby organizations. PLoS ONE, 11(10):e0158062-e0158062.

Abstract

The practice of lobbying in the interest of economic or social groups plays an important role in the policy making process of most economies. We carry out a multi-level network analysis of the relations among lobbying organizations in the EU transparency register, focusing on the domain of finance and climate. We find that the network centrality of organizations has no simple relation with their size and each layer provides additional complementary information to characterize organizations' influence. At a more aggregate level, groups of interest differ very much in terms of internal cohesiveness and thus in their ability to advocate coherently. Groups also differ in their centrality and thus in their ability to influence each other.

Abstract

The practice of lobbying in the interest of economic or social groups plays an important role in the policy making process of most economies. We carry out a multi-level network analysis of the relations among lobbying organizations in the EU transparency register, focusing on the domain of finance and climate. We find that the network centrality of organizations has no simple relation with their size and each layer provides additional complementary information to characterize organizations' influence. At a more aggregate level, groups of interest differ very much in terms of internal cohesiveness and thus in their ability to advocate coherently. Groups also differ in their centrality and thus in their ability to influence each other.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Banking and Finance
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:28 October 2016
Deposited On:06 Jan 2017 14:11
Last Modified:02 Feb 2018 11:18
Publisher:Public Library of Science (PLoS)
ISSN:1932-6203
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0158062
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:13929

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