On the Advantages of a Well-Constructed Lobbying System: Towards a More Democratic, Modern Lobbying Process Sep 21, 2017 By Christine MahoneyLee Drutman On the Advantages of a Well-Constructed Lobbying System: Towards a More Democratic, Modern Lobbying Process The American lobbying information processing system is woefully outdated. The mechanisms by which citizen, interest group, and business concerns are incorporated into the policymaking process have largely not been updated in over 200 years. Lobbyists set up meetings with staffers and members of Congress and share position papers with them about their arguments on a given policy issue. There is no central location where staffers can find out who is lobbying on a given bill and what they are arguing. In this paper, we make the case for a new information processing system that would provide Congress with a more efficient and effective way to manage the information flooding the Hill, and which would ensure more transparency about who is lobbying on any given bill and what they are saying. If used effectively by Congress, watchdog groups, and journalists, this system could result in better representation for a more diverse group of citizens. Interest Groups and Advocacy Christine Mahoney Christine Mahoney is professor of public policy and politics at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, Director of Social Entrepreneurship at UVA, and Director of the Virginia Impact Investing Forum at the Center for Social Innovation at the University of Virginia. She studies social justice advocacy, activism and direct action through social entrepreneurship. Read full bio Lee Drutman Related Content Christine Mahoney Failure and Hope: Fighting for the Rights of the Forcibly Displaced Research In 2015, 60 million people were displaced by violent conflict globally - the highest since World War II. National and international policy prevents the displaced from working or moving freely outside the camps set up to ‘temporarily’ house them. Post-Map-Ask: Towards a More Democratic, Modern Lobbying Process Research Looking Back and Looking Forward: 10 Years of Social Entrepreneurship at SE@UVA News Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia (SE@UVA), a Batten School initiative, is marking its 10-year anniversary with a renewed commitment to educate the next generation of social innovation leaders. Mahoney Receives UVA's Public Impact-Focused Research Award News During UVA's annual Research Achievement Awards, Christine Mahoney, professor of public policy and politics and director of SE@UVA, was recognized for her work supporting the rights of displaced people locally, nationally and globally. Batten's John Holbein and Jay Shimshack were also acknowledged for their research contributions.