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What are the Ethics of Lobbying?

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What are the Ethics of Lobbying?
November 22, 2013
Georgetown Instiute for the Study of Markets and Ethics
November 6, 2013
Georgetown University Fisher Colloquium
3700 O Street, NW, Washington, DC, United States

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. Is there any basis for this assumption? GISME’s fall symposium is designed to answer this question.




Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics has invited 14 of the nation’s leading philosophers and political scientists to examine the issue and prepare essays containing their analysis. Representing a spectrum of ideological and intellectual perspectives, our essayists will explore a wide range of ethical questions raised by the activity of lobbying and present their thoughts at the November 22 conference. The conference sessions are designed to leave time for significant exchange with the audience. Please join us for what is sure to be an interesting and engaging event.


View the detailed agenda.


Please register by Tuesday, Nov. 19.


Questions? Please contact Stephanie Chito, assistant director of Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics, at or 202-687-4873

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