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Learning lessons? The registration of lobbyists at the Scottish parliament: a reply to Coldwell

Dinan, William (2006) Learning lessons? The registration of lobbyists at the Scottish parliament: a reply to Coldwell. Journal of Communication Management, 10 (1). pp. 55-66. ISSN 1363-254X

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Abstract

The Scottish Parliament was founded on principles of openness and accessibility and signalled the potential for a new style of politics post devolution. In the aftermath of allegations of political sleaze early in the life of the new institution, the Standards Committee of the Scottish Parliament conducted an inquiry into the registration of lobbyists. This process attracted much comment and criticism from public affairs practitioners and the Scottish media. Based on original empirical research, numerous interviews and first hand observation, this paper offers a response to some of these criticisms and suggests the efforts by parliamentarians to regulate their relations with lobbyists need to be grounded in principles which apply to all outside interests seeking to influence the democratic process.