Interest Groups & Advocacy welcomes manuscripts from a wide and diverse range of disciplines, theoretical orientations, and ideological perspectives that illuminate the areas of interests groups, social movements, lobbying organizations and the full range of influences on public policy outputs. Whether in addressing historical issues or recent events, prospective articles should be sophisticated and of interest to a wide audience. We seek to attract contributions and attention from practitioners in the worlds of lobbying and group organization, and alongside the Editorial Board there is a Practice Panel to ensure our contents are credible in the world of practice.

Although this journal is anchored within political science, we encourage submissions from other disciplines such as economics, sociology, law, and history. Social movement scholarship clearly falls under the broad field; likewise, public affairs makes up a major component of the process of competitive advocacy that is now commonplace as a proxy for democratic contestation.

Call for Papers, IG&A Special Issue: New Perspectives on Lobbying Regulation and Reform

Lobbying regulations allow us to see who has talked to whom about what, increasing transparency and accountability in politics. With a steady rise in the number of countries adopting lobbying laws in the 2000s, the literature has seen a concomitant number of researchers writing on the theme from various disciplines.

We can broadly conceptualize two generations of lobbying regulation scholars. The first generation – exemplified by the 2017 Interest Group & Advocacy special issue – are those who, for example, explain why jurisdictions adopt (or not) lobbying rules, compare regulations across political systems, measure robustness of lobbying laws, and classify regulatory environments. The second generation reflects on new approaches to lobbying regulation, considers how to regulate lobbying in international jurisdictions, and examines corporate social responsibility (CSR) and responsible forms of lobbying. They also innovatively use data from lobbying registers to better understand new dynamics and strategies of lobbying, such as the actual impact of lobbying regulation, as well as which actors use the registers and for which purposes.

The objective of this special issue is to capture the evolution of the regulating lobbying literature and publish cutting-edge research stemming from either of these two generations. The questions will address original research related to lobbying regulation, where we welcome papers that take a quantitative and/or qualitative approach. Given the increasing interdisciplinarity of research on lobbying regulation, it is envisaged we will have papers from not only a wide range of scholars working in political science, law, business studies, and economics, but also practitioners.

This special issue of Interest Groups and Advocacy will be guest-edited by Raj Chari, based out of Trinity College Dublin. Those interested in submitting a paper for this special issue can please send an abstract of around 250 words by February 14th, 2023 to raj.chari@tcd.ie. It is envisaged that once an initial short-list for the issue based on the abstracts is made, papers in final form would be due 12-18 months later, after which point they will be sent out for peer-review.