Although lobbying can be a positive force in democracy, it can also be a mechanism for powerful groups to influence laws and regulations at the expense of the public interest.
This may result in undue influence, unfair competition and policy capture, to the detriment of effective policy making.
While many countries are addressing lobbying related risks, practices to influence public policies have evolved beyond lobbying, and more than half of OECD countries have yet to address risks related to interactions of lobbying groups with public officials.
Influencing policy-makers is a core part of a democratic system. Lobbyists and advocacy groups bring valuable information to the policy debate. In practice, however, powerful groups can exert influence to further their particular interests, often at the expense of the public interest.
The Coalition welcomes stakeholders from government, business, academia and civil society working on integrity related to decision-making. It is designed to serve as an inclusive and non-discriminatory platform to constructively examine the tools and effects of vested interests’ influence on public policy.
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The OECD Recommendation on Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying provides guidance in 10 principles for decision-makers on how to promote good governance in lobbying.
It is based on 3 main objectives:
This new report takes stock of progress made in implementing the Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying.