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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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United Kingdom: Developing lobbying regulation in an open government context

The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning, and Trade Union Administration Act received Royal Assent and was enacted on 30 January 2014. Part 1 of the Act provides for a statutory register of lobbyists. The UK Government has stated that its aim is to commence the register in good time before the end of this Parliament in May 2015.This chapter illustrates the socio-political context within which recent UK lobbying legislation has been developed and describes the evolution and design of that regulation. It goes on to describe the key challenges that were encountered during the policy development process and summarises the core provisions for the statutory register of lobbyists.

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