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.


The Role of Professional Lobbying Associations in Self-Regulation of Lobbying

European professional lobbying associations have been instrumental in educating and training lobbyists and promoting a code of ethics for the lobbying profession. This chapter presents five case studies on the following professional lobbying associations which have played a significant role in the self-regulation of lobbying:The Public Relations Institute of Ireland:Founded in 1953, with just under 1 000 members, it is the leading public relations association in Ireland and has been a strong promoter of integrity standards for the lobbying profession.The Swedish Public Relations Association:The second largest national public relations association in Europe with more than 5 000 members, it conducts extensive research and provides training to lobbyists on issues relating to the conduct of lobbying and public relations.The Croatian Society of Lobbyists:One of the youngest professional lobbying associations in Europe, it has enacted its own Code of Ethics and disciplinary procedure and has been active in promoting not only self-regulation, but also government regulation.The UK Chartered Institute of Public Relations, the Association of Professional Political Consultants and the Public Relations Consultants Association:With collectively more than 9 000 individual members and more than 220 organisational members, they constitute the three premier lobbying associations in the UK with ample experience in education, training and self-regulation of the public relations and lobbying profession.The Society of European Affairs Professionals:The largest lobbying association in Brussels, it focuses on developing professional standards for lobbying the European Union institutions and was influential in the adoption of the European Transparency Initiative.


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