Any activity carried out to influence a government or institution’s policies and decisions in favour of a specific cause or outcome. Even when allowed by law, these acts can become distortive if disproportionate levels of influence exist – by companies, associations, organisations and individuals.
Why it matters
When undertaken with integrity and transparency, lobbying is a legitimate avenue for interest groups to be involved in the deliberative process of law making. When lobbying is non-transparent and unregulated, problems arise and measures must be taken to ensure its accountability and openness.
Additional Information: Lobbying
- Transparency International, Money, Politics, Power: Corruption Risks in Europe
- Transparency International, 2012 Regional Policy Paper #3: Lobbying in the European Union: Levelling the playing field
- Transparency International, Policy Position 06/2009: Controlling corporate lobbying and financing of political activities