Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

EU Lobbying Handbook, by Andreas Geiger

Second paragraph of third chapter:
The art of lobbying is to achieve congruence of the diverging interests of politics, business and society.
I picked this one up in 2013 partly out of a general interest in sharpening the saw, but mainly because the author and I were on opposite sides of a particular Brussels lobbying issue at the time, and I wanted to get inside his head. Of course, I never got around to actually reading the book. Like other such books that I have read, it concentrated on being EU 101, explaining the institutional structures (now somewhat out of date, of course) and missing out on the real fun, the thrill of the chase and of seeing your cause win. (As indeed my side defeated the author's in late 2012.) There are some interesting first-person accounts from people who have been inside the system and have been the targets of lobbying, but they are poorly integrated into the narrative. (There are also a couple of first-person accounts that are not very interesting.) Up to now, the only interesting book I have read on Brussels lobbying - which combined it with Washington lobbying - is Christine Mahoney's Brussels vs the Beltway, which you can get here. If you really want to read Geiger's book, you can get it here.

This was the shortest book acquired in 2013 that I had not yet read. Next on that pile is Barcelona, Catalonia: A View from the Inside, by Matthew Tree.
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