Lobbying is one of the most effective ways to enact social change. By advocating for new rules of the game with policymakers, it enables society to tackle the root causes of the major challenges facing us, not their symptoms. Yet, as it is currently practiced, lobbying is also what blocks progress today on numerous critical issues ranging from climate inaction to offshore tax evasion.
This session, led by Alberto Alemanno, Jean Monnet Professor of Law & Public Policy at HEC Paris, challenges today’s negative conception of lobbying in an attempt at unleashing its social change potential. Alemanno reclaims lobbying not only as a legitimate form of participation, but also as necessary to the good function of our democracy. A ‘good lobbying’ movement – made of a wave of organizations, predominantly civic tech, nonprofits, and a handful of sympathetic philanthropies – is translating this new, positive public understanding of lobbying into a series of operational solutions aimed at boosting individual and collective lobbying action capabilities of marginalized and under-represented interests and claims.