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Transparency in Lobbying as Perceived by Organisational Representatives in the Czech Republic

Vnoučková Lucie () and Žák Milan ()
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Vnoučková Lucie: University of Economics and Management, Prague, Czech Republic, Nárožní 2600/9a, 158 00, Praha, Czech Republic
Žák Milan: University of Economics and Management, Prague, Czech Republic, Nárožní 2600/9a, 158 00 Praha 5, Czech Republic

Review of Economic Perspectives, 2017, vol. 17, issue 4, 381-397

Abstract: This paper focuses on transparency in lobbying as perceived by in sample organisations in the Czech Republic. The paper’s aim is to study how lobbying and its impact on decision-making practices are perceived by organisational representatives and to empirically assess the perceived transparency of lobbying with a view to the potential introduction of lobbying regulations and their role in Czech democracy. Data for the study was gathered from a sample of business institutions in the Czech Republic. In total, 73 organisations/institutions took part in the survey. One respondent was questioned per organisation/institution. 90 % of respondents perceive that transparent and regulated lobbying has a positive impact on democracy. Moreover, according to the respondents, lobbying facilitates more competent decision-making among politicians, brings more information into the decision-making process and makes the process more efficient. There has been a significant shift in the perception of lobbying over the past ten years in the Czech Republic. Regulations aimed at legitimizing lobbying are seen as having a positive impact on democracy.

Keywords: Lobbying; transparency; democracy; stakeholders; regulation; perception (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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