Organised Interests in the Energy Sector: A Comparative Study of the Influence of Interest Groups in Czechia and Hungary

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Organised Interests in the Energy Sector: A Comparative Study of the Influence of Interest Groups in Czechia and Hungary


  • Brigitte Horváthová Faculty of Social Sciences, Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany
  • Michael Dobbins Faculty of Social Sciences, Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany


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Abstract:  In this article, we explore civil society mobilisation and the impact of organised interests on the energy policies of two post-communist countries—Hungary and Czechia—and specifically nuclear energy. Drawing on numerous hypotheses from the literature on organised interests, we explore how open both political systems are for civil society input and what interest group-specific and socio-economic factors mediate the influence of organised interests. Based on the preference attainment method, our case studies focus on the extent to which organised interests have succeeded bringing nuclear energy legislation in line with their preferences. We find that while both democracies are open to civil society input, policy-making is generally conducted in state-industrial circles, whereby anti-nuclear and renewable energy advocates are at best able to make minor corrections to already pre-determined policies.

Keywords:  civil society; Czechia; energy policy; Hungary; interest groups; nuclear energy

Published:   28 March 2019


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v7i1.1784


© Brigitte Horváthová, Michael Dobbins. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction of the work without further permission provided the original author(s) and source are credited.