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I define business interests as being represented primarily by trade associations, individual firms, and single experts with corporate affiliations, but also encompassing consultancy, law and public affair firms hired to serve their interests. The category ‘non-corporate interests’ covers mainly trade unions, consumer organizations, and NGOs. Other interests to consider—even if secondary in our study—are researchers, the think tanks, single citizens, SMEs, and alternative corporates (such as social- business groups). The lobbying resources will be assessed through data on the lobbying population, expenditures, and personnel available in the European Transparency Register (ETI) and compared with those furnished by relevant studies (CEO 2014). The analysis of the representativeness of the organizations has been assessed through a breakdown assessment of their scope, as international, European, and national levels, and the number of members. For the expert groups, the peculiar professional profile of the single experts will be assessed by checking their relevant affiliations. Regarding the dimension of issue saliency, I will refer to trends in general media coverage through Factiva (Young 2013, p. 3), together with the assessment of relevant public debates, concerning the issues at stake.

 
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