Magazine article Insight on the News

Which Lobbying Effort Will Leave Nobel Prize Committee Cold? (News Alert!)

Magazine article Insight on the News

Which Lobbying Effort Will Leave Nobel Prize Committee Cold? (News Alert!)

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Lobbying for the Nobel Peace Prize is something that just isn't done. it's generally assumed that the Stockholm committee frowns upon concerted efforts to curry its favor. In fact, the most recent Nobel lobbying efforts have backfired. Someone might want to explain that to a group attempting to influence the committee not to award the prize jointly to President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair. An e-mail is racing about in anti-American circles the world over, calling on all who read it to urge the Nobel Committee not to honor Bush and Blair.

The committee was said to be greatly annoyed by Bill Clinton's late-night (and unsuccessful) campaign for the prize in 2000. Kary Mullis, who won the prize for physics in 1993, has admitted that he spoiled his chance to receive the award earlier because he had gone public with his expectation of winning. More recently, and to little avail, the Japanese government has set up a lobbying shop in Stockholm to promote its country's scientists. …

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