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6th ECPR Summer School on Interest Group Politics: Interest Groups and Public Policy: Mobilisation, Lobbying Strategies and Influence

20 - 28 July 2015
Hamburg, Germany

Hosted by:
Universität Hamburg
Supported by:
Standing Group on Interest Groups
Application deadline
15 April 2015
Summer School Course: €350. Summer School Course and Accommodation: €650 (8 nights)
Further information and booking

Target Audience

The summer school is open to PhD students, research master students and master students from political science, public administration or related areas. A limited number of practitioners can participate as well. A basic requirement is that all applicants should have completed introductory courses in political and administrative sciences at the BA-level.


The 6th ECPR Summer School on Interest Group Politics at the University of Hamburg focuses on interest groups and their impact on public policy. Through a variety of courses taught by renowned interest scholars from Europe and the US, students will learn about the different stages of the lobbying process involving the mobilization, the strategies and the influence that interest groups exert on public policy.

The summer school combines theoretical as well as methodological courses to provide students with advanced training in the latest theoretical approaches and in cutting-edge methodological techniques applied in the study of interest groups. In addition, the summer school will provide students with an international forum to build an academic network with other junior and senior scholars in interest group research.
Students will in addition have the opportunity to present and discuss their own research project to get feedback from the instructors and the other students. The best paper will
be awarded a prize by the convenors of the ECPR Summer School



  • Joost Berkhout (University of Amsterdam)
  • Patrick Bernhagen (University of Stuttgart)
  • Caelesta Braun (VU University Amsterdam)
  • Andreas Dür (University of Salzburg)
  • Rainer Eising (University of Bochum)
  • Heike Klüver (University of Hamburg)
  • Christine Mahoney (University of Virginia)
  • Florian Weiler (University of Bamberg)
  • Arndt Wonka (University of Bremen)


  • Europeanization of Interest Groups
  • Lobbying Strategies: How do Interest Groups Lobby?
  • Corporate Lobbying: Individual Firms as Lobbyists
  • The Role of Framing in Interest Group Lobbying
  • Interest Groups and their Influence on Public Policy
  • The Population of Interest Groups: Who Mobilizes and Why?
  • Roundtable with Practitioners

Self-funded students may apply for a travel and accomodation grant (two grants of €250 will be awarded).

Florian Weiler

Application and Registration Procedure
Please submit your CV, a one-page motivation letter and an abstract of the paper you want to present at the Summer School to by April 15 at the latest. Eligible candidates will be selected on a first-come-first-serve basis. Once the course is fully booked, we will open a waiting list for late applicants. Your registration will be  confirmed once your application is accepted by the Summer School coordinator and your payment is received.