Lobbyists, Governments and Public Trust, Volume 2

Promoting Integrity through Self-regulation

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This second volume of OECD's study on lobbying examines regulation and self-regulation of lobbying. It includes chapters defining and examining lobbying, describing the role of professional lobbying associations, exploring various codes of conduct and examining specific codes in various countries, examining lobbyists' attitudes toward regulation and self-regulation, and exploring various options for enhancing transparency and accountability.




Lobbying is once more at the top of the policy agenda, as the success or failure of public policy reforms seem to be increasingly influenced by private interests, to the potential detriment of public interests. For example, approximately USD 3.3 billion was spent just on lobbying the United States Congress in 2011. While the benefits of comprehensive efforts by interest groups to inform policy decisions are obvious, the possibility of lobbying avoiding public policy reforms and capturing the public interest cannot be excluded.


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