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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Policy measures to prevent policy capture

This chapter provides guidance on mitigating risks of public decisions being captured. It highlights the relevance of a coherent and comprehensive approach to fostering a culture of integrity and accountability in public decision-making, and proposes four complementary strategies for mitigating capture risks: 1) ensuring decision-making processes that promote inclusiveness and social accountability; 2) fostering transparency and access to information; 3) enabling the external accountability of decision-makers through supreme audit institutions and regulatory enforcement agencies; and 4) addressing capture risks through integrity measures at the organisational level.

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