Interest Groups in National and International Governance Regimes

This course will explore how the civil society organizes as non-governmental interest groups (IGs) in national and international governance regimes. Starting with the history and the development of IGs and corporatist politics, students will get an overview of the nature and variety of IGs by reviewing the types of, and institutional issues related to them; What are their policies, challenges and constraints on their way to exert influence and shape policymaking.

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Heywood, Andrew (2013) Groups, interests and Movements, In: ibd.: politics. 4th edition. New York: Palgrave; pp. 245-264. Yaziji, Michael/ Doh, Jonathan (2009) NGOs and Corporations – Conflict and Collaboration. Cigler, Allan/ Loomis, Burdett/ Nownes, Anthony (2015) Interest Group Politics. 9th editions, CQ press. Yesvens, Mack (2011) Introduction to Corporatism: Concepts, Schools and People. Webster. Wiarda, Howard (2016) Corporatism and Comparative Politics. Taylor & Francis Ltd. Fernandez, Sergio (2009) General Theory of Corporatism. A historical pattern of European social Policy. VDM publishing. Lewis, David (2014) Non-Governmental Organizations, Management and Development. 3rd edition. Routledge.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, group work, case studies, discussions.

Assessment methods and criteria

Continuous assessment, group home assignment


Degree programme

European Economy & Business Management (Bachelor)



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



4 SS



Learning outcome

After successful completion of the course, students can: • outline theories on interest articulation and aggregation • determine and classify distinct types of interest groups • characterize Austrian and European corporatism • describe formal and informal methods applied by interest groups and civil-society organization to exert influence and shaping policy-making • explain consultation and lobbying at EU level • conduct case studies on interest groups and respective campaigns. The learning outcomes of this course contribute mainly to the following (international) programme learning outcomes: LO 2.1., LO 3.5.

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