Do special interest groups threaten democracy?


Invitations to dinner, small presents, positions on the board of directors, political party financing: lobbyists try everything to influence lawmakers. Does this threaten the democratic system? Should the activities of special interest groups be regulated and limited?

Some people find lobbies useful in a democracy because they enable the representation of legitimate interests of all parts of society – including those ignored by politicians. Others, however, consider lobbies a dark art which is much more closely linked with corruption and specific economic interests. What role do lobbies play in your country?

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Parliamentary lobbyists to face closer scrutiny

The relationship between lobbyists and politicians is raising eyebrows

Swarming with people when in session, lobbyists and PR hacks allowed through the doors of federal parliament often fly under the radar as they try to wield influence.  [...]

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