Preventing Policy Capture

Integrity in Public Decision Making

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This report exposes how “policy capture”, where public decisions over policies are consistently or repeatedly directed away from the public interest towards a specific interest, can exacerbate inequalities and undermine democratic values, economic growth and trust in government. It maps out the different mechanisms and risks of policy capture, and provides guidance for policy makers on how to mitigate these risks through four complementary strategies: engaging stakeholders with diverging interests; ensuring transparency and access to information; promoting accountability; and identifying and mitigating the risk of capture through organisational integrity policies.

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How does policy capture happen?

This chapter explains capture of public decision-making processes in more detail. It describes the main features of policy capture, the mechanisms through which it can be achieved, and the actors typically involved. The chapter closes with an overview of the main risk factors. This generic risk map is intended to provide guidance to policy makers in diagnosing capture risks.

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