Special Issue Paper
A comparative insight into the status of the lobbying regulation debate in Estonia
Article first published online: 10 FEB 2014
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Public Affairs
Special Issue: Public Affairs in Central and Eastern Europe
Volume 14, Issue 1, pages 44–53, February 2014
How to Cite
Lumi, O. (2014), A comparative insight into the status of the lobbying regulation debate in Estonia. J. Publ. Aff., 14: 44–53. doi: 10.1002/pa.1504
- Issue published online: 10 FEB 2014
- Article first published online: 10 FEB 2014
This paper focuses on different approaches towards regulating lobbying. Special attention is paid to policy formulation regarding lobbying regulation in Estonia. The Estonian case study is juxtaposed with the regulatory solutions of lobbying in Scandinavian and post-communist countries. The reason for choosing such a comparative framework is justified by the fact that these two sets of countries have chosen rather dissimilar approaches in interpreting the role of lobbying in society. As Estonia's policy decisions are often determined by both of these two spaces of political culture, the article polemicizes over the question of which path Estonia could take in terms of regulatory framework for lobbying. The analysis concludes with policy recommendations to Estonia as well as with suggestions for further theoretical research directions for understanding better the policy impact of lobbying regulations designed and implemented by post-communist states. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.