Agriculture and food policy has been subject to extensive changes since the early 1990s. This study focus on Norwegian and German interest groups representing agriculture, food industry, and veterinarians, more precisely, their strategies for exerting influence on agriculture- and food policy decision-making. The basic question is whether changes in opportunity structures, first and foremost the ascending delegation of policy making authority to the EU level, also lead to changes in interest groups’ strategic dispositions toward decision-makers. The thesis is grounded on a qualitative multiple case study analysis, which in turn is based on three theoretical approaches; namely liberal intergovernmentalism, historical institutionalism and multi-level governance.
Keywords: EU, food policy, agricultural policy, domestic interest groups, strategies for influencing policy making