The European Union (EU) is an unlikely case for responsive policy-making. Yet, in recent years scholars have found that the EU’s overall decision-making output is correlated with the average preferences of the European citizens toward European integration. Despite recognizing the value of this systemic approach, we argue in this contribution that studies of EU responsiveness should explicitly acknowledge the multi-dimensionality of responsiveness in the EU by addressing the multiplicity of actors, institutions and publics involved. This actor-oriented perspective directs the focus of responsiveness research to the input stage of EU policy-making. This contribution calls for research that a) theoretically situates the responsiveness of actors in specific institutional venues in a broader perspective of multi-dimensional EU responsiveness and that b) empirically links different forms of input responsiveness to one another and to policy outputs.

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Keywords EU institutions, European Union, input responsiveness, policy representation, public opinion
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Journal Journal of European Public Policy
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Meijers, M.J. (Maurits), Schneider, C.J. (Christina J.), & Zhelyazkova, A.T. (2019). Dimensions of input responsiveness in the EU: actors, publics, venues. Journal of European Public Policy (Vol. 26, pp. 1724–1736). doi:10.1080/13501763.2019.1668045