MUCH ADO ABOUT LOBBYING

Lobbying, by its very definition, courts controversy. It indicates the exertion of influence through various forms of advocacy, some of which may not be completely transparent.

Lobbying, by its very definition, courts controversy. It indicates the exertion of influence through various forms of advocacy, some of which may not be completely transparent.

Recent developments and reporting on these have served to crank up the heat on the issue. The lobbying activities of Walmart and other US companies seeking to enter the Indian market are being scrutinised to see if lines were crossed and palms were greased in the process.

Following the tragic school shooting in the state of Connecticut last year, a great deal

of public anger has been directed at the entrenched power and influence of the gun rights lobby in the US.

Legitimate lobbying, many will still agree, has a place and a role in public policy making within a democracy. But just what is that place and how expansive should the role be? What will it take from a regulatory standpoint for the industry to evolve? What is the one important element of lobbying that today’s practitioners often ignore? What kind of self-policing is incumbent upon those who operate in the space? And how can we stay focused on relevant issues in debating this subject? Our contributors seek to answer these and other questions. In Alterpoint – our reflections on life as explained by art – we look at a few movies that reveal the psyche of a lobbyist, among other things.

We hope you enjoy reading the Lobbying Special of Viewpoint.