Regional Governance in the EU
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Regional Governance in the EU

Regions and the Future of Europe

Edited by Gabriele Abels and Jan Battke

The role of regions in the European Union has been frequently debated since the 1980s. This comprehensive book provides a thorough overview of the issue from a variety of perspectives, analysing regional governance and territorial dynamics in the EU and its member states. Focusing on the implications of the democratisation–regionalisation nexus, it argues that a ‘Europe with the regions’ may promote good governance and ameliorate the democratic deficits of the EU.
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Chapter 13: Regions as lobbyists

Michaël Tatham


The chapter discusses three questions: (1) Why do regions lobby? (2) On what issues and how do regions lobby? (3) Should we care about this lobbying activity? Elements explaining the why of regional lobbying have to do with the transformation of the architecture of government in Europe, the resulting supranationalisation–regionalisation conundrum, and the consequent overlap in competences between the regional and EU levels. Regarding the what and how question, the chapter distinguishes three types of lobbying objectives (institutional, regulatory, and financial) and two types of lobbying channels (intra- and extra-state). Regarding the so what question, the chapter outlines accountability and inequality challenges. It concludes on a more positive note, however, highlighting how the EU’s political system tends to share costs and benefits across wide coalitions of actors, and how greater output legitimacy tends to be achieved through a strengthening of input legitimacy.

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