Washington D.C.: Playing the lobbying game
Despite their respective positions as the legislative centres of the US and the European Union, the roles of lawyers in the political systems of Washington DC and Brussels could not be further apart. But will the cultural and legislative changes currently afoot in these two cities result in a convergence of styles? Sophie Evans reports
Talk of lobbying on Capitol Hill always generates superlatives. The US capital is home to a formidable number of highly influential lawyers-turned-lobbyists, working on the front line of the most powerful legislature in the world. On the other side of the Atlantic, Brussels, the European legislative nerve centre, also hosts huge swarms of advocates seeking to make their mark on new legislation. But the historical and institutional context of the European Union (EU) makes for interesting differences to the Stateside approach to influencing public policy.
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