Lobbying is Democracy in Action



Lobbying Is Democracy in Action
The Washington Post


The author tackles some of what he describes as the 'myths' of lobbying as debate continues over the scope and influence of lobbyists and lobbying on the political and policy process in the United States.

He argues that lobbying is not anti-democratic, but rather an expression of people organising themselves to influence government, which is what democracy is about.

'Lobbyists sharpen debate by providing an outlet for more constituencies and giving government more information', the author argues.

'Lobbying ensures robust debate ... he concludes, 'and whether the ultimate outcome is for good or ill, it's democracy in action.'


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Robert Samuelson

The Washington Post

Published Date
December 15, 2008