This report takes stock of progress made in implementing the 2010 Recommendation on Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying – the only international instrument addressing major risks in the public decision-making process related to lobbying. The review process found that although there is an emerging consensus on the need for transparency to shed light on lobbying, new regulations are often scandal-driven instead of forward looking. In countries that have regulations in place, the degree of transparency in lobbying varies considerably across OECD members. Moving forward, it will be essential for countries to focus efforts on the implementation of the Recommendation, in order to strengthen confidence in the public decision-making process and restore trust in government. It will also be crucial to strengthen the implementation of the wider integrity framework, as it is the prime tool for safeguarding transparency and integrity in the decision-making process in general and lobbying practices in particular.
Lobbyists, Governments and Public Trust, Volume 3
Implementing the OECD Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying
Two in five OECD countries have acted to tighten lobbying standards but the degree of transparency in lobbying still varies considerably from country to country.
New regulations are too often adopted in response to a lobbying scandal rather than in a forward-thinking way that could prevent problems.
The practice of “revolving doors”, where staff can slip between related public and private sectors, threatens the integrity of public decision-making. Only a third of OECD countries have restrictions on hiring lobbyists for regulatory or advisory posts in government.