Ed Straw is a visiting fellow at the OU’s Applied Systems' Thinking in Practice group. He was chair of think tank Demos and relationship agency Relate and has been a specialist on government task forces. He was a consultant on both the Conservative and Labour UK government’s public sector reforms and a partner at PwC and Coopers & Lybrand. His research field is the design of systems of governing and constitutions founded on Systems Thinking.
ICAC urges ban on secret meetings with lobbyists. In other words, ICAC practitioners imagine a new system for governing…or do they? What is ‘their system’s’ purpose and how might it work out in the long run? Some general features pertain. Continue reading »
Preferential lobbying is endemic to “modern” politics. There are no easy fixes, but democracy will continue to wither unless the root causes are tackled. We need to start with amending constitutions. Although this is not easy, innovative constitution building is happening around the world. Continue reading »
Preferential lobbying: no explicit deals, all unstated understandings. How it works behind the scenes. (Part 3 of 4)
Preferential lobbying is all about access to decision-makers, clandestine decision making, funding of political parties and the often limited subject knowledge of politicians and bureaucrats. It all conspires to subvert the democratic process. Continue reading »
Preferential lobbying drives powerlessness, environmental destruction and even in conventional economics is grossly inefficient. Parts 2 and 3 examine how it happens. If your electoral system is open to significant funding by the wealthy, then politicians get bought by lobbyists. And lobby firms are typically made up of former politicians and officials with substantial address Continue reading »
In this four-part series, we investigate preferential lobbying – what it is, why it matters, how and why it happens and how to stop it. Preferential lobbying is primarily wealth appropriation and rarely wealth creation. Every time a decision goes in favour of the wealthy it is to the cost of the less well off, Continue reading »