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Regulating Lobbying: A Global Comparison

Book opening and closing (animated)This book is concerned about comparing how lobby/interest groups are formally regulated throughout the world and the impact this has had, something which is a significant, if not surprising, omission in the literature. Indeed, some scholars, including ourselves, have previously focused on lobbying regulation in Canada, the US, the European Union (EU) and Germany. Yet, no major work in has offered an in-depth, detailed analysis of this phenomenon from a global comparative perspective, including analysis of developments in North America, Europe, Asia, as well as Australia, continents which have all established lobbying laws.

Six central questions guide the book which will be of value to both practitioners and academics alike:

  • What is the brief history of the regulations in place in political systems which established lobbying rules during the 1900s - the US, Canada, Germany, and the EU (Chapter 2)?
  • What is the nature of regulations in countries that have more recently established them in the 2000s - Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, Taiwan and Australia (Chapter 3)?
  • How can the different regulatory environments throughout the world be theoretically classified (Chapter 4)?
  • What do politicians, lobbyists, and regulators in those countries which established rules in the 1900s tell us about the ‘effectiveness’ of regulations: do the rules really promote transparency and accountability? What are the loopholes? And, how have the rules impacted the nature of lobbying (Chapter 5).
  • Why is there no mandatory lobbying registration in the European Commission and some jurisdictions in Canada and what are the different actors’ views on pursuing regulations (Chapter 6)?
  • What are the various pros and cons of regulating lobbyists? What lessons can be learned by other states without regulations, including democracies in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa (Chapter 7).

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