Anti-corruption and integrity in the public sector

Integrity and Influence in Policy-Making


Influencing policy-makers is a core part of a democratic system. Lobbyists and advocacy groups bring valuable information to the policy debate. In practice, however, powerful groups can exert influence to further their particular interests, often at the expense of the public interest. 

Influence practices are not necessarily illegal. As they are constantly evolving, they often operate outside of the scope of existing laws or regulations and can act as a vehicle for powerful groups to further their particular interests, determine how our society works and for whom. 

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The impact of influence on people's lives

When they are steered away from the public interest, policies addressing some of the biggest threats to our societies, including housing, climate change, education, health, jobs and technology, can be biased and suboptimal. In turn, influence has major repercussions on public trust and contribute to lingering perceptions of corruption. 


4 out of 5 of citizens around the world consider that the system is not working for them and in their interests.

Source: Edelman trust barometer, 2019.



Influence in facts

The Database of Influence cases is a collection of studies on different policy areas exploring the influence of particular interests in the decision-making process and their impact on public policies and people’s lives.

  • Consult the Database [forthcoming]

Contribute to the databse and submit a case study

The OECD collects cases of influence practices of vested interests on the decision-making process to populate the database.

  • Submit an influence case study 



The OECD is actively supporting countries in averting policy capture, ensuring transparency and accountability and promoting a culture of integrity in public decision-making processes.


Coalition of influencers

The Coalition of Influencers in Public Decision-Making works towards developing practical solutions to ensure the integrity of policies and identifying positive ways to wield influence in the decision-making process.


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