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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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No country is immune to policy capture

This chapter clarifies the concept of policy capture, particularly in relation to corruption and lobbying. It reviews the detrimental consequences of capture, and emphasises its impact on perpetuating and aggravating inequalities, failing to achieve policy goals, and eroding public trust and government legitimacy.

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