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Democratic political strategist Peter Fenn writes that political donations in the run up to the 2016 US Presidential election are out of control and ruining America's democratic system.
The Guardian's Ian Traynor looks at the rising influence of corporate lobbying on the European Union.
Alexander Becker from The Washington Post questions figures suggesting that spending on lobbyists is falling.
Lee Drutman from the New America Foundation looks beyond campaign contributions to the oversized, and less visible, power of corporate lobbying on policy making.
Tom Engelhardt from The Nation Institute makes the case that a new, and unwelcome, system of governance is being created in the United States.
Robert Kaiser, formerly of the Washington Post, argues the US Congress is 'helpless and hopeless'.
Andrew Reeves of Washington University in St Louis reviews The Unheavenly Chorus, a study on political participation and socio-economic status.
Robert Lieberman reviews Winner-Take-All Politics, a book about how public policy has contributed to income inequality in the US over the last 40 years.
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