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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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Lobbying risks in the decision-making process

Ensuring stakeholders’ fair and equitable access to the decision-making process balances policy debates and helps create more effective polices. When conducted with transparency and integrity, lobbying yields useful information and helps decision makers produce more effective policies. However, it can also lead to undue influence, unfair competition, and policy capture to the detriment of the public interest and effective public policies.This chapter provides an analysis of current measures in place in OECD countries to promote citizen engagement and open government, and to address concerns over the public decision-making process, political finance and lobbying practices.

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