DIT PhD student and supervisor present research to House of Commons Committee

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Albert Veksler, DIT PhD student, outside the House of Commons

26 September 2013: A College of Business PhD research student has presented his research to the House of Commons Committee on Standards in Public Life.

Albert Veksler was invited to Westminster to give his findings in relation to lobbying regulations in Israel and what the British government might learn from the Israeli experience. Albert’s PhD supervisor, Dr John Hogan of DIT’s College of Business, also attended the session.

Dr Hogan, the co-author of the book Regulating Lobbying: A Global Comparison, presented his own collaborative research (that was carried out with collaborators Raj Chari of TCD and Gary Murphy of DCU).

Their submission pointed out some of the flaws in the proposed British legislation and what the consequences of these might be. The submission was concerned with ensuring that any law passed captures as much of ongoing lobbying activity as possible.

Albert, in his submission to the Committee, spoke of the both the benefits and drawbacks that came following the passage of the 2008 Israeli Lobbying Act.  In particular, he emphasised the need for the British government to look to other countries and to learn from their experiences.

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Dr John Hogan, College of Business at DIT, at the entrance to the House of Commons

The Committee on Standards in Public Life is examining the transparency issues around lobbying. The Committee’s most recent report highlighted that lobbying remains a “significant and continuing risk to ethical standards”.  The issue of governmental transparency is of growing public interest in many countries, as they grapple with the problems of declining trust in politics and politicians.     

Albert Veksler’s research is supported by the Chaverim Foundation.  The research undertaken by Dr. Hogan, Prof. Chari and Prof. Murphy was funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS).

They have also presented their findings on global lobbying regulations to the Parliament of the Czech Republic, the Council of Europe and to members of the Oireachtas.  Since 2011, they have been regularly consulting with the Government Reform Unit of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in relation to the introduction of a lobbying register in Ireland in 2013.

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