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5.6 POLITICAL SCIENCE, Political science
Lobbying regulation is a public policy approach capable of enriching participatory democracy while decreasing the dangers of corruption sometimes associated with lobbying. Here we present some insights into the state of lobbying regulations around the world today for scholars, practitioners and for society at large. We discuss the challenges in terms of defining lobbying and its regulation both academically and legislatively. We explore the broad context of lobbying regulation and the range of lobbying registers that have emerged over the years. The motivations for the introduction of lobbying regulations are also considered. The chapter finishes by comparing and classifying the robustness – the level of transparency and accountability – of contemporary lobbying regulations found in various jurisdictions. We will see from this chapter that lobbying regulations constitute part of the broader category of transparency regulations that aim to strengthen confidence in public institutions and enhance democratic accountability.
Bitonti, A., and Hogan, J. 2022. ‘Lobbying Regulation.’ In Phil Harris, Alberto Bitonti, Craig S. Fleisher and Anne Skorkjær Binderkrantz (Eds), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Interest Groups, Lobbying and Public Affairs. Basingstoke: Palgrave. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-13895-0_105-1