Lobbyists at Work

Authors: Leech, Beth L.

  • Through the prism of 15 in-depth interviews, Lobbyists at Work takes concerned American citizens inside and beyond the headlines to see first-hand how lobbyists shape legislation, regulation, policy, and spending in all branches and at all levels of American government on behalf of special interests.

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"Lobbyists at Work is a must-read for anyone interested in the serious business of government. Leech's probing questions reflect her years of research tracking the real impact of money and influence on policy."  —Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr. (Chairman, Patton Boggs LLP) 

Received wisdom has it that lobbyists run the American government on behalf of moneyed interests. But what makes lobbyists run, and how do they induce legislators and bureaucrats to do their bidding? These are questions for which even the harshest critics lack satisfying answers. Lobbyists at Work explores what lobbyists really do and why. It goes behind the scenes and brings back in-depth interviews with fifteen political advocates chosen to represent the breadth and diversity of the lobbying profession.

The interviewees profiled in this book range from the top lobbyists-for-hire at the most powerful K Street firms to pro bono lobbyists for the disenfranchised and powerless. The roster spans all types of lobbyists working for all types of clients and seeking to influence all levels and branches of government. The permutations include business-lobbying-government, government-lobbying-government, government-to-business revolving door, regulatory lobbying, state and local lobbying, citizen-advocacy lobbying,single-issue lobbying, and multiple-issue lobbying. In colorful and sometimes hilarious detail, the interviewees take the reader through their arsenals of traditional and next-generation lobbying techniques, including face-to-face persuasion of elected officials and their staffs, educational campaigns and coalition-building, ghost-drafting complex legislation and regulation for government committees and agencies, contributions, and social media campaigns. 

In Lobbyists at Work, the normally self-effacing subjects open up about themselves and their profession: why they chose to become lobbyists, what motivates them to keep lobbying, how they cultivate their lobbying influence, how they adjust to changes in the rules affecting their lobbying methods, and what they actually do at work each day (and night). As an authority on lobbying respected in Washington for her impartiality, Professor Beth Leech elicits frank disclosures, career tips, and riveting stories about the good, the bad, and the ambivalent on both sides of the symbiotic relationship between government officials and lobbyists.

About the authors

Beth L. Leech is an associate professor of political science at Rutgers University. She teaches, researches, and publishes on interest groups, lobbying, and policymaking. She is the co-author of several books,including the APSA award-winning Lobbying and Policy Change: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and Meeting at Grand Central: Understanding the Social and Evolutionary Roots of Cooperation (Princeton University Press, 2012). Professor Leech is a widely consulted expert on interviewing methods in the social sciences. Before embarking on an academic career, she was a newspaper editor. She holds a bachelor s degree from Northwestern University s Medill School of Journalism and a PhD in political science from Texas A&M University.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Lobbyists at Work
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Beth L. Leech
eBook ISBN
978-1-4302-4561-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4302-4561-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4302-4560-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 272
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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