Economics of Governance

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 181–195 | Cite as

Distortionary lobbying

  • Mike Felgenhauer
  • Hans Peter Grüner
Original Paper


We study the role of partisan committee members in an information aggregation setup à la Feddersen and Pesendorfer. Based on their analysis we show that interest groups may impose a huge welfare loss on society because their activities distort political outcomes more than would be needed in order to achieve their own objectives. In an information acquisition framework à la Mukhopadhaya/Persico we argue that uninformed interest groups may instead improve the quality of some committee decisions.


Committees Information aggregation Interest groups Voting 

JEL classification

D71 D72 D73 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universität MannheimMannheimGermany
  2. 2.Universität Mannheim and CEPRMannheimGermany

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