Thomas T. Holyoke

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    Our lobbyists don’t always advocate for what we want them to.

Our lobbyists don’t always advocate for what we want them to.

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Americans often express concern about the lobbying profession, and they should, but not necessarily for the reasons most think. The majority of people are represented by lobbyists, though they do not always realize it. The problem is that lobbyists may not always be lobbying in the best interests of the people they represent. In new research which examines lobbying […]

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    Why we should blame elected officials, not interest groups, for spiraling state government spending and debts 

Why we should blame elected officials, not interest groups, for spiraling state government spending and debts 

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Interest groups on both sides of the political aisle are often blamed for government’s ills, including rising budget deficits and debts. But in new research which studies interest group influence in the American states, Thomas T. Holyoke finds that while the number of interest groups in most states is growing, their influence is negative when there is a high level of […]

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    Lobbying is growing in the US – more information may be the best regulation.

Lobbying is growing in the US – more information may be the best regulation.

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Lobbying in US politics is not new, but recent revelations over lobbying by Trump election campaign members on behalf of foreign governments and others has brought the practice into renewed focus. Thomas T. Holyoke and Timothy M. LaPira give an overview of a special issue of the journal, Interest Groups & Advocacy, which outlines how lobbying is growing, how […]

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    Without reforms, ethical lobbying in Congress may remain the exception.

Without reforms, ethical lobbying in Congress may remain the exception.

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While lobbying has been part of politics in Washington D.C for decades, in recent years the number of corporations and groups that lobby has shot up, with more than $2 billion spent on lobbying in 2014. While this lobbying is legal, is it ethical? Thomas T. Holyoke attempts to define ethical lobbying and suggests reforms to the nation’s lobbying […]

Being a member of an interest group stimulates political participation, or at least makes it easier.

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As political participation continues to decline, how can we encourage citizens to re-engage with politics and voting? One area that has seen participation increasing is membership in political interest groups. Using survey data from 1,071 individuals’ contacts with Congress, Thomas T. Holyoke examines the role of interest groups in stimulating political action and participation. He finds that many groups help to increase, […]

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