Different Interests: Lobbyists and their Clients
This project was motivated by the idea that lobbyists are agents who are also concerned with maintaining their status in the Capitol, as opposed to solely representing their principals. Traditionally the study of lobbyists has proceeded under two assumptions: First, that lobbyists are primarily concerned with the final disposition of a piece of legislation. And second, that lobbyists are typically in agreement with their employers.
I developed a lobbyist survey to assess the communication patterns between lobbyists and their employers. This study provides the first empirical data about the frequency and agenda of lobbyist-employer communication. The survey also provides data about the strategy development process, desired legislative goals, and how employers respond when the lobbyist recommends they compromise on their demands.
Winner, Graduate Student Association Research Competition. University of Nevada, Reno ($650)