Framing processes and lobbying in EU foreign policy: case study and process-tracing methods
European Political Science
GB : European Consortium for Political Research Press
1 - 15 p.
Framing, Case study, Process tracing, Lobbying, EU foreign policy
This article discusses the potential of case study and process-tracing methods for studying lobbying and framing in the European Union (EU). It argues that case studies and process tracing allow us to explore different sets of questions than large-N and quantitative approaches and to shed light on the mechanisms that contribute to policy change. Through these methods it is possible to study long-term processes and under-researched areas, to analyse the social construction of frames and to single out the conditions that lead to successful framing. In order to show the advantages of case studies and process tracing, illustrative examples drawn from the case study of EU foreign policy towards the Israeli–Palestinian conflict are provided.