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With, Without, or Against the State? – How European Regions Play the Brussels Game - Oxford Scholarship Online
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With, Without, or Against the State?: How European Regions Play the Brussels Game

Michaël Tatham


Much research has highlighted that sub-state entities (SSEs)—such as the German Länder, the Spanish autonomous communities, or the French regions—mobilize at the European level. This literature, however, is silent on how this sub-state activity interacts with that of its own member state. Do SSEs lobby in Brussels with their member state (cooperation), without their member state (non-interaction), or against their member state (conflict)? This book fills this research gap by 1) identifying what the pattern of interaction between state and sub-state EU interest representation corresponds to and ... More

Keywords: Regions, sub-state entities, European Union, interest representation, lobbying, devolution, party politics, political system, mixed-methods design

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198758624
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198758624.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michaël Tatham, author
University of Bergen, Norway, Professor of Comparative Politics