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Explaining the Variation in the Europeanization of Business: an Institutionalist Theory

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1467-1488
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of European Public Policy
Volume22
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015

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Although the EU provides valuable political opportunities for business, firms act at European level in different degrees and in different ways. This variation in the Europeanization of business has so far been partially overlooked by the literature. In this work I propose an institutionalist theory of the Europeanization of business by focusing on how national political institutions mediate the impact of the institutional structure of the EU on business behaviour. Findings from a large-N analysis across several countries demonstrate that firms in decentralized countries tend to be more active at EU level. National political institutions affect also how firms act at EU level. Indeed, those firms used to act individually at national level tend to act collectively at EU level. This work aims at a more nuanced institutionalist account of Europeanization, by bridging the gap between the traditional literature on comparative politics and the one on European interest representation.

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