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    Cleaning up UK politics: what would better lobbying regulation look like?

    Worthy, Ben and Crepaz, M. (2023) Cleaning up UK politics: what would better lobbying regulation look like? Parliamentary Affairs , ISSN 0031-2290.

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    Abstract

    The UK has a fragmented, partial and weak system of lobbying regulation. The system creates a self-reinforcing cycle of ‘exposure’ and worsening public attitudes. In order to make the case for reform and indicate possible paths, this article, first, reviews the system’s faults and weaknesses. Second, it analyses how the lack of political will for reform in Westminster has contributed to a transparency and integrity regime below international standards. Finally, it examines how this cycle can be broken. While the UK lobbying law needs reform, we must look beyond the letter of regulation, taking into account the levels of use and political support, as well as the transparency and ethics ecosystem in which lobbying sits. Only by improvements to all of these areas can there be the possibility of stronger, more positive feedback loops, which can shift behaviour and, ultimately, attitudes

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Birkbeck Centre for British Political Life
    Depositing User: Ben Worthy
    Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2023 17:02
    Last Modified: 13 Feb 2024 11:03
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/52501

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