I shall post videos, graphs, news stories, and other material. We shall use some of this material in class, and you may review the rest at your convenience. You will all receive invitations to post to the blog. I encourage you to use the blog in these ways:

· To post questions or comments;

· To follow up on class discussions;

· To post relevant news items or videos.

There are only two major limitations: no coarse language, and no derogatory comments about people at the Claremont Colleges.

The syllabus is at http://www1.cmc.edu/pages/faculty/JPitney/gov106-fall15.html


Friday, September 25, 2015

Lobbying - Europe and the US

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: European lobbyists are as suave, subtle and sophisticated as their American counterparts are loud, brash and willing to step on toes to achieve their goals."

An article on Politico today outlined the similarities and differences between lobbyists in Europe (with a focus on Brussels) and the US. It discredits the idea that differences are a product of cultural divergence, and argues instead that the driving factors are the inherently different institutional contexts in which lobbyists must work. In the US, lobbyists can exert influence at multiple points in the legislative process (influencing when bills are drafted, who presents them, who votes for them, etc) whereas the influence of the Commission in the EU requires lobbyists to exert their influence before, and often only before, bills have even been written. The US context therefore requires more active, quick paced  lobbying, while slower, more "consensual" lobbying has better results in Europe. 

Read the full article here
Find just the super long interesting infographic here

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