Timothy LaPira and Herschel Thomas: Revolving door lobbying: public service, private influence, and the unequal representation of interests (studies in government and public policy)
Timothy LaPira and Herschel Thomas’ new book examines revolving door lobbying, the phenomenon in which government employees (congressional staffers, bureaucrats, members of Congress, and others) leave the government for more lucrative lobbying work. In their treatment, the authors offer important new empirical insights into the differences between revolving door lobbyists and conventional lobbyist in the USA. As well, they offer a compelling new theoretical approach to the whole enterprise of lobbying, one which should prove fruitful for future studies throughout the entire lobbying literature.
When developing their theory, the authors break from the common practice of examining the relationship between interest group and policymaker. Instead, they focus on the relationship between a lobbyist selling her services and the interest groups or commercial lobbying firms looking to hire her. From this perspective, they offer two important insights. First, the authors point out that different...
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