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Why Brazil must regulate lobbying

Lobbying remains unregulated in Brazil
Lobbying remains unregulated in Brazil. Photo: Zenzen/Shutterstock

In their book about lobbying, political scientists Emiliano Grossman and Sabine Saurugger define an interest group as “an entity which has the objective of representing the interests of a specific sector of society within the public arena.” So, it would be in democracy’s very nature that people, companies, and organizations try to influence public officials to obtain their objectives – through studies, protests, petitions, and campaigns. Many entities even pay top dollar for professionals dedicated to that activity.

In Brazilian politics, though, few terms can sound as offensive as calling someone a “lobbyist.” In these parts, lobbying is seen as...

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