What encompasses apublic interest? Governmental structures are designed to work in theaccordance to achieving public interests. Politicians and otherorganizations work with an objective of spearheading the interest ofgroups considered to be marginalized from the public by another groupviewed to be more powerful or having social, economic or politicaladvantage. Campaigning with an aim of generating or seeking to createinfluence is regarded as lobbying. Lobbying groups across the globehave some common characteristics, which are not limited tochampioning common goals that are regionally relevant or universallyagreed to create positive impact in the lives of the group beingdeprived its survival rights. A lobbying commission is focused onbargaining for the public’s collective good. There are theoriesdeveloped to explain the deep meaning of lobbying by giving adetailed interpretation of what public interest consist. David Trumanproposed as theory called the disturbance theory. According to thetheory, interests for a group originate from interrelated twosocietal processes. The first observation of the theory notes thatgroup interests, develop because of a society becoming more complexthan before. Due to society complexity issues sets in among thegroups, eventually the group would be forced to readjust to anequilibrium point, hence the development of group interests (Berry,2015). Therefore, it is important to understand the functions oflobbying commission, characteristics of an effective lobbyingcommission, why some lobbying commissions fail and finally illustratethe negative effect of lobbying commission.
Lobbying commissionsare formed to hold influence different aspirations from the partyconsidered to be limiting certain interest valid for another group’ssocial, economic or political development. It is important to notethat group interests are well presented when the needs are documentedand presented by a group. Moving as a group has more benefits thanworking as an individual. Exchange of interests within interrelatedgroup results stronger lobbying power. There are many reasons why alobbying commission is set up. Some of the many reasons why alobbying commission can be formed are fight for heightened taxationpolicy, creation of more jobs for the jobless, and obtaining fairmarketing opportunities within a given region. Apart from seeking toinfluence for a group, a lobbying commission also can work closelywith organizations to help access certain rights and privilegesrightfully belonging to the organization in question. It is importantto note that lobbying commission is a body that is ready to tradeinformation from its group or organizations with their reward beingto have their organization or group allowed to enjoy their interests.Those who make lobbying commissions effective are called lobbyists.Bertrand,Bombardini & Trebbi, 2014) politiciansare the parties mostly used up by lobbyists to access the interests.For instance, a lobbying commission would use a political campaign toaccess the attention of a known influential politician in thegovernment. Consequently, a lobbyist using a politician is consideredto relying on the political supremacy of the politician to seekinfluence on his or her assignments.
Importantly,there are some lobbying commissions that end to be successful whileothers become failures, not being able to fight for the group ororganization interests within the stipulated time. According toKlüverBraun & Beyers (2015),most interest groups primarily focus on lobbying for politicalinterests of political decision makers who in most cases arepoliticians. There are many factors, which enable an interest groupto achieve its interests these factors denote the characteristics ofthe lobbying commission or interest group. One of notedcharacteristics of a successful is the size of the lobbying group.For a large number of lobbying coalitions or commissions theirprobability of successfully pushing for their interest is high notbecause of the type of strategy, they are likely to use or if therewas an exchange of information in the course of seeking influence. Secondly, another characteristic of a successful lobbying commissionis a level of complexity of the policy they are trying to requestdecisions makers to review. Complexity in this case illustrates thedifficulty of analyzing, solve or understand the problem policy underconsideration. The competent lobbying commission is able to creatingissues, which attracts the attention of a large group of people bymajorly focusing on the salience of the issues of the interest group.However, the mentioned characteristics cannot solely be used todetermine the success of a lobbying commission.
As far as lobbying commissions offer aplatform for political, social or economic reforms, they believe inother cases associated with negativity in relation to theirideological to other groups of the contrary opinion. There are someinstances when lobbying commission air issues likely to benefit onlyone group’s interest while infringing rights of another groupwhether dominant or marginalized. According to Berry(2015), human right offenders such as murders who are death penaltyrow have the right to seek lawyers (lobbyist) to argue or appealtheir case to be given a second chance to live despite having, thissituation notes that the lobbyist are mainly practitioners formaterial good. If the lawyer successfully manages to set the murdererfree, there is a chance of occurrence of the same behavior in thefuture in the society.
In conclusions, it is evident that alobbying commission plays an important function in facilitatingdecision makers to consider group or organization`s interest. Thelobbying commission has been identified to have specialcharacteristics that can make it successful. However, lobbyingcommissions have been identified to have a negative impact on othergroups with opposing interests. There it is important to figureadequately in opposing groups in quest of satisfying another.
Berry,J. M. (2015). Lobbyingfor the people: The political behavior of public interest groups.Princeton University Press.
Bertrand,M., Bombardini, M., & Trebbi, F. (2014). Is it whom you know orwhat you know? An empirical assessment of the lobbying process. TheAmerican Economic Review, 104(12), 3885-3920.
Klüver,H., Braun, C., & Beyers, J. (2015). Legislative lobbying incontext: towards a conceptual framework of interest group lobbying inthe European Union. Journalof European Public Policy, 22(4), 447-461.