WAYS OF IMPLEMENTING CLEAN LOBBYING

Lobbying that respects the values and purposes of government institutions, lobbying that adheres to high ethical standards and that advances rather than undermines educated and ethical decision-making by legislators is the kind of lobbying that advances public good rather than lobbying calculated to exploit the principle of reciprocity. There are various aspects of the reciprocity rule: For example, a person can trigger a feeling of indebtedness by doing us an uninvited favor. Further a small initial favor can produce a sense of obligation to a substantially larger return favor.

THE CASE OF NONLAWYER LOBBYISTS EMPLOYED BY LAW FIRMS IN WASHINGTON D.C.

Many Washington lobbyists are lawyers, and many are not. Until recently, lobbyists who are lawyers, and nonlawyer lobbyists employed by lobbyists, have not had a clear answer to whether the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct apply to their work. They had been left to wonder: "If one doesn't need to be a lawyer in order to be a lobbyist, can lobbying constitute the "practice of law" ? And if not, apart from such basic obligations as complying with lobbying laws and avoid deceptive conduct, do legal ethics rules have any bearing on what they do?"

THE CASE OF LAWYERS ACTING AS LOBBYISTS AT EU LEVEL

Law firms that provide lobbying services as well as the more traditional legal services have been reluctant to embrace transparency from the beginning, and most remain unregistered in the EU Transparency Register. Of those that have registered, many refrain from disclosing their lobby clients.

HIRING A LAWYER VERSUS A NON-LAWYER FOR PUBLIC POLICY ADVOCACY

When interested parties look for representation in the legislative and/or the executive branch, are they better served by individuals who are members of the bar, or such a credential a nice but not necessary extra? Some say having a lawyer makes all the difference, as legal training is crucial in successfully navigating the legislative and executive branches.  Others say what matters is access to decision-makers, which has no particular connection to legal training.

PUBLIC POLICY ADVOCACY BEST PRACTICE IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

Public Policy Advocates must be prepared to have everything they say placed on the record and keep their contribution timely and to the point.

10 Golden rules for Public Policy Advocacy in the European Parliament

FUNDAMENTALS OF LEGISLATIVE LOBBYING

Public Policy Advocacy is both an art and science. As an art it has a general set of fundamentals  which when applied increase public policy advocacy quality.

THE EU IS STILL DIVIDED OVER TURKEY'S MEMBERSHIP

The EU presents itself as deeply divided over the issue of Turkey's membership of the Union. The respective positions of the member states are backed by a bundle of arguments concerning eventual political and economic problems and/or consequences of Turkish membership.

The "Pro" Camp

INFLUENCING POLITICAL OUTCOMES

Influencing political outcomes has many synonyms including educating lawmakers and providing helpful information. Public Policy Advocacy is about “educating,” “informing,” “advising”

Engaging solely with the government alone is not adequate. To maximize impact, you need  advocacy programmes that engage other critical stakeholders including regulatory bodies, NGOs, press and think-tanks. Successful advocacy and political influence are built on careful strategy, drawing on the key disciplines of:

WHAT CODES OF CONDUCT DO ?

Codes of conduct typically address the relationships inherent in lobbying amongst lobbyists and their clients or employers, public office holders, and the general public. While existing codes of conduct differ in detail, they all incorporate similar principles, such as the need for frank disclosure, appropriate confidentiality, and the avoidance of real or perceived conflicts of interest.

TRANSPARENCY

THE PUBLIC POLICY ADVOCACY LANDSCAPE IN THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA

Lobbying in the countyries of the former Yugoslavia is a relatively new phenomenon, but it has been growing constantly over the last decade. However, most of the population and decision-makers have a very unclear idea of what lobbying actually is.

In all countries of the former Yugoslavia, lobbyists attempt to get an official recognition that lobbying is a unique profession.

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