My research represents one the first large-scale systematic examinations of Irish lobbying. Such an examination is particularly pertinent at the current moment of time, in the context of the debate over the proposal to introduce lobbying regulation in Ireland.

While its focus is on Irish interest groups, it also offers several contributions to the wider literature on lobbying. Of particular note here are its focus on comparing the determinants of access to elected officials and government bureaucrats- an analysis which yields some very interesting results- and its introduction of a new concept of access, so-called ‘privileged’ or ‘invited access’ which has not previously existed in the literature. We can also point to its comparison of lobbying at the member state level with lobbying at the EU level as an example of an exercise which should interest scholars throughout the European Union.

I am currently working on a number of papers for submission to academic journals in the early part of  2014 and I will post these working papers to this web page shortly.


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