Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics

The Ethics of Lobbying

The Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics (GISME) at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will focus its fall symposium on the Ethics of Lobbying. The effect of lobbying on government policy is a topic of perennial comment in the media and research by social scientists. However, the ethical quality of the activity is less frequently discussed. Many harbor an unexamined assumption that there is something ethically suspect about lobbying.