This report exposes how “policy capture”, where public decisions over policies are
consistently or repeatedly directed away from the public interest towards a specific
interest, can exacerbate inequalities and undermine democratic values, economic growth
and trust in government. It maps out the different mechanisms and risks of policy
capture, and provides guidance for policy makers on how to mitigate these risks through
four complementary strategies: engaging stakeholders with diverging interests; ensuring
transparency and access to information; promoting accountability; and identifying
and mitigating the risk of capture through organisational integrity policies.
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.
The Coalition welcomes stakeholders from government, business, academia and civil society working on integrity in decision-making related issues. It is designed to serve as an inclusive and non-discriminatory platform to constructively examine the tools and effects of vested interests’ influence on public policy.