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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.

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Executive Summary

This report reviews how risks and concerns related to lobbying have evolved and identifies lessons learned in designing and implementing measures and cost-effective solutions for safeguarding the integrity of the decision-making process. This contributes to the OECD Strategy on Trust – adopted by Ministers at the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in May 2014 – which includes a module on “Securing fairness in policy making” in which curbing policy capture by private interests and ensuring political participation is one of its main elements.

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