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Exploring Information Exchange among Interest Groups: A Text-Reuse Approach

Pagliari, S. ORCID: 0000-0003-0612-5296 & Young, K. (2020). Exploring Information Exchange among Interest Groups: A Text-Reuse Approach. Journal of European Public Policy, 27(11), pp. 1698-1717. doi: 10.1080/13501763.2020.1817132


The presence of communication channels plays a key role in how interest groups engage in EU policymaking. However, the capacity of researchers to explain these patterns is constrained by the informal and opaque nature of such interaction. In this paper we develop a novel text-as-data approach which maps the informal patterns of information exchange among the stakeholders that engage with EU policymaking by detecting instances of text reuse among the comment letters submitted by these groups to the same policy proposal. We use this approach to analyse a novel dataset of publicly available comments to a wide a range of EU policies. We find that there are significant differences between the structure of information exchange networks and more formal lobbying coalitions in the EU, as well as between the groups that engage in these forms of coordination.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of European Public Policy, available online:
Publisher Keywords: text-as-data; interest groups; coalitions; online consultations; European Union
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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