Lobbying in Europe: Professionals, Politicians, and Institutions Under General Suspicion?

  • Doris DialerEmail author
  • Margarethe Richter


Interest representatives, also called lobbyists, try to influence European decision-makers by offering external expertise and inside knowledge on stakeholder views. Although lobbying is a normal part of modern pluralistic democracy, it includes at the same time some controversial aspects, such as risks of conflicts of interests and lack of transparency. Due to a number of recent scandals and revolving door cases, demands for more accountability of political actors toward EU citizens have increased. Thus, issues such as ethical standards, codes of conduct, and the chances for a mandatory transparency register are addressed in this introductory chapter. In addition, actual lobbying trends as well as post-Brexit lobbying scenarios are discussed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria
  2. 2.European ParliamentBruxellesBelgium

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