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Weekend reading: lobbying, UK version
For some reason, I’ve only just run across this account of food industry lobbying in the UK.
The introduction explains what the paper is about:
In this Discussion Paper, we examine the interactions of businesses with three major UK government departments, identify weaknesses in the current disclosure process, and compare UK procedures with the more stringent disclosure requirements in two other English-speaking countries, Ireland and Canada, which tend to produce more specific and transparent data.
The authors are not trying to stop food industry lobbying; they just want it to be disclosed and at least as transparently as is required in Ireland and Canada.
In the United States, the best (only?) way to find out about food industry lobbying is to check the Open Secrets website. It takes some exploration to find what you might be looking for, but it’s worth the trouble for this kind of result.
Or the top ten food and beverage spenders on lobbying.
If you can find it, the site identifies lobbyists, issues, and notes the revolving door between industry lobbyists and government positions. It’s good to know these things.
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