Interest Groups & Advocacy

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 79–98 | Cite as

It’s not all about the money: Explaining varying policy portfolios of regional representations in Brussels

  • Tom Donas
  • Bert Fraussen
  • Jan BeyersEmail author
Original Article


The literature on territorial lobbying in the European Union (EU) has paid much attention to the interaction between regional representations in Brussels and the member-state central governments, and the relations of these representations with the European institutions. Surprisingly, far less systematic research has been conducted on the policies that regional representations prioritize when they lobby in Brussels. In this article, we focus on the policy portfolios of these organizations and analyze variation concerning the domains and issues these regional representations prioritize. Empirically, we demonstrate that the size and the nature of a policy portfolio is not primarily affected by the capabilities of a regional representation, but rather results from structural ties of regional lobbyists with other public and private interests. This claim is corroborated by data collected through a telephone survey with 127 officials from regional offices and trans-regional associations.


regional offices territorial lobbying policy portfolios organizational agenda’s European Union 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceACIM – Antwerp Centre for Institutions and Multilevel Politics, Universiteit AntwerpenAntwerpBelgium

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