New publication is available in RGSL Research Papers series by Ilze Rūse "Interest representation in advocating EU legislative proposals. How active are interest groups in Latvia?".
Drawing on primary data gained from an online survey with 122 resonses from non-governmental organizations, this article analyses the interest group activity in Latvia in influencing decision-making outcomes at national and EU level. Empirical data show that despite the large number of registered orgnaizations, the interest group population in Latvia consists of small and financially underequipped NGOs. Their lobbying activities are characterized by predominantly influencing the domestic authorities through national route strategies, although there is some variation across the types of interest groups. The awareness of the direct lobbying possiblities in the EU institutions is still very low.