Responsible Lobbying: Conceptual Foundations and Empirical by Theresa Bauer

By Theresa Bauer

This research investigates the attention and perform of dependable lobbying within the european and analyzes merits and antecedents. A multidimensional version of liable lobbying is built which supplies normative directions and enables identifying the measure of in charge lobbying in perform. The empirical half analyzes accountable lobbying within the european through combining a quantitative research in line with a survey between 142 lobbyists with a qualitative exam in line with interviews. The research finds that standards of liable lobbying are fulfilled to a wide quantity in accordance with the lobbyists. This research comes at a time while researchers and practitioners more and more realize the necessity to identify dependable lobbying by means of aligning company Social accountability (CSR) and lobbying.

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1. 3 focuses on the question whether CSR is indeed a voluntary approach. ust a d fair Discreti aryRphi a thr pic rga i*ati g es bey d its everyday expected duties e g atic a d i a yc texts usefu de f r describi g a d exp ai i g CSR but severa sch ars have p i ted t its i itati sG 1 The static hierarchica pyra id has bee critici*ed as t si p istic t capture the c p exity f CSR i practice (Cra e a d 0atte 2010G 55) 2 Acc rdi g t Carr (1999G 289) the f ur differe t resp sibi ities sh u d t be fu fi ed i seque tia fashi but each is t be fu fi ed si u ta e us y3 Carr d es t pr vide guida ce f r the case f c de a ds i p sed by ayers e g whe ega a d ethica r ec ethica de a ds c tradict (Cra e a d 0atte 2010G 55) f icti g ic a d 12 2 Literature Review 3 5either variati s f CSR appr aches acr ss regi s a d ati s are ta'e i t acc u t (Visser 2006) r the p ura is f ega a d ra syste s that a y g ba y perati g fir s are c fr ted with 4 The de eg ects the p itica r e f fir s that has t be rec g i*ed i ight f a di i ishi g r e f the ati state a d i creased p wer f fir s (Cra e et a 2008a Scherer a d Pa a 2011 0atte a d Cra e 2005a Scherer a d Pa a 2007 0 et a 2005) Philanthropic responsibility Ethical responsibility Legal responsibility Economic responsibility Figure 1, The pyra id f CSR!

Orts and Strudler 2009, Fassin 2009). This approach is in line with Freeman (1984: 54-74) who recommends an iterative three-stepanalysis to gain a better understanding: The first step is to identify and map the relevant stakeholders and their interests. The second step entails analyzing organizational processes that impact the stakeholder relationship. Finally, knowledge about the set of transactions and interactions between the firm and stakeholders is needed. 2 Literature Review 21 2 the egiti acy f the sta'eh der’s re ati ship with the fir re ati ships ega r ra rights3 a d eg c tractua 3 the urge cy f the c ai The auth rs e phasi*e that these attributes are t be u derst d as dy a ic variab es that ay cha ge ver ti e Further the attributes are s cia y c structed a d theref re c text depe de t Sta'eh ders ay r ay t be c sci us f p ssessi g these attributes The typ gy based the attributes p wer egiti acy a d urge cy has bee wide y discussed critica y eva uated a d dified The issue f egiti acy has bee ta'e up by severa sch ars e g by Phi ips (2003) wh disti guishes betwee r ative egiti acy that is based direct ra b igati a d derivative egiti acy based the p wer t he p r har the rga i*ati Acc rdi g y r ative sta'eh ders are th se t wh the fir has a direct ra b igati e g e p yees cust ers shareh ders a d supp iers whi e the rga i*ati has direct ra b igati t derivative sta'eh ders such as c petit rs activists terr rists a d the edia Drisc a d Stari# (2004) suggest pr xi ity as a additi a attribute whereas pr xi ity refers t spatia ear ess but a s t si i ar ideas appr aches a d acti s A th ugh the ea i g f physica ear ess has bee put i t a ew perspective by g ba i*ati a d der c u icati tech gy this additi a attribute ay be he pfu t c assify sta'eh ders wh se va ues a d age das f r acti ay differ c siderab y fr that f the fir Drisc a d Stari' uti i*e the attribute f pr xi ity t pr p se the atura e vir e t as a ther sta'eh der i additi t the re traditi a es This study d es t f w this suggesti Ec gy represe ts a esse tia aspect f c rp rate resp sibi ities but ce tra ideas a d prescripti s f sta'eh der the ry e g estab ishi g a sta'eh der dia gue are i ited t hu a participa ts (see 4rts a d Strud er 2002 Phi ips a d Reichart 2000) I practice it is rec e dab e t u derta'e the pr cess f ide tifyi g re eva t sta'eh ders by vi g fr a br ad c prehe sive u dersta di g t a arr w fir specific defi iti f a!

Utua u dersta di g is e ha ced There is a certai gap betwee sch ar y rec e dati s a d practice regardi g the ch ice f the appr priate c u icati strategy E pirica studies i dicate that ge era y fir s rather use w i v ve e t f r s f sta'eh der re ati ship a age e t (Habisch et a 2011) a th ugh there are few exa p es f dia gica f r s fc u icati a d part erships Sch ars have ca ed busi ess t ve t a sta'eh der dia gue that ta'es the f r f a ;tw way pr cess< (Burche a d C # 2006G 155) a d ;i teractive utua y e gaged a d resp sive re ati ships< (A dri f et a 2002G 9) C u icati the ry regards sy etrica tw way c u icati as superi r i ter s f ethics a d effectivity (Gru ig a d Gru ig 1992 cf Cra e a d 2ivesey 2003G 46) As Gree w d (2007b) p i ts utG 5 t every e gage e t with sta'eh ders aut atica y de ivers s e be efit t wards sta'eh ders a d is theref re a act f resp sibi ity By pursui g sy etric tw way c u icati the pr cess gai s ra qua ity a d it bec es re i'e y that the utc e is i the i terest f a parties i v ved ?

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