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Citizens’ opinions are represented more equally by elected officials in states that strictly regulate professional lobbying

Flavin, Patrick (2014) Citizens’ opinions are represented more equally by elected officials in states that strictly regulate professional lobbying. LSE American Politics and Policy (26 Aug 2014). Website.

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Abstract

In recent years, it has become increasingly apparent that citizens are not represented equally by their elected officials in Congress and in statehouses across the United States, and that wealthier individuals, represented by lobbyists, are more successful in having their preferences translated into policy. In new research, Patrick Flavin examines the role of lobbying regulations on political representation. He finds that as the number of lobbying restrictions in a state increases, the greater the level of political equality. He argues that those seeking to promote greater political equality in the United States should consider strict laws that regulate the conduct of professional lobbyists to ensure that citizens’ opinions receive more equal consideration when elected officials make policy decisions.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2014 08:52
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2020 23:10
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/59362

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