Magazine article Management Today

MT Learning Curve: Lobbying

Magazine article Management Today

MT Learning Curve: Lobbying

Article excerpt

- What is it?

Nobody likes corruption in government. Deary me, no. We can't have that sort of thing. What we want is a 'level playing field', equal access to ministers and their officials, and an open and transparent system. But, in the real world, powerful companies hire lawyers and other advisers to make sure government is in no doubt about what legislation should or should not contain. Lobbying is not illegal and not necessarily wrong It will probably always go on. But it is a significant cost of doing business. And SMEs can lose out in this big boys' game.

- Where did it come from?

In earlier, more straightforward times you didn't so much have to lobby as get your wallet out. Almost every man had his price in the happy knowledge that payments could be made without fear of detection. As societies matured and institutions grew in force, it became clear it was in the interests of business that practice was normalised and became legitimate. So, while anti-corruption legislation came into effect, lobbying could nonetheless continue openly. …

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