Lobbyists, Governments and Public Trust, Volume 3

Implementing the OECD Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying

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This report takes stock of progress made in implementing the 2010 Recommendation on Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying – the only international instrument addressing major risks in the public decision-making process related to lobbying. The review process found that although there is an emerging consensus on the need for transparency to shed light on lobbying, new regulations are often scandal-driven instead of forward looking.

In countries that have regulations in place, the degree of transparency in lobbying varies considerably across OECD members. Moving forward, it will be essential for countries to focus efforts on the implementation of the Recommendation, in order to strengthen confidence in the public decision-making process and restore trust in government. It will also be crucial to strengthen the implementation of the wider integrity framework, as it is the prime tool for safeguarding transparency and integrity in the decision-making process in general and lobbying practices in particular.



Balancing scope and feasibility of lobbying rules and guidelines

Although addressing concerns over lobbying starts with determining the scope of appropriate lobbying rules and guidelines, many countries have struggled to do so. While a comprehensive scope levels the playing field for all interest groups, experience shows that countries have had trouble mustering the necessary support for such an approach and that it may generate an overwhelming administrative burden. Evidence points to the advantages of incremental – step-by-step – approach to regulation, although some countries rely solely on lobbyists to self-regulate.This chapter explores how countries have sought to strike the right balance between the costs and benefits of rules and guidelines and the scope of a well-functioning system that achieves expected objectives and addresses concerns over lobbying.


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